• Publication date: June 1, 2011

Sometimes you just need someone to believe in you Good Will Hunting�A genius is born

Will Hunting is a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has a genius-level intellect and a profound gift for mathematics. Despite this, he chooses to work as a janitor and lives alone in a sparsely-furnished house in a rundown South Boston neighborhood, spending time with his friends Chuckie Sullivan, Billy McBride and Morgan O'Mally.

Will Hunting is a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has a genius-level intellect and a profound gift for mathematics. Despite this, he chooses to work as a janitor and lives alone in a sparsely-furnished house in a rundown South Boston neighborhood, spending time with his friends Chuckie Sullivan, Billy McBride and Morgan O'Mally.

An abused foster child, he subconsciously blames himself for his unhappy upbringing and turns this self-loathing into a form of self-sabotage in both his professional and emotional lives.

In the first week of class, Will solves a difficult graduate-level problem taken from algebraic graph theory that Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsg�rd), a Fields Medalist and combinatorialist, leaves on a chalkboard as a challenge posed to his students, hoping someone might find the solution by the end of the semester.

When it is solved quickly and anonymously, Lambeau posts a much more difficult problem�one that took he and his colleagues two years to prove. When Lambeau chances upon Will writing on the board, he chases him away, taking him for a vandal. However, Lambeau realizes Will wrote the correct answers and sets out to track him down.

Meanwhile, Will gets revenge on a bully named Carmine Scarpaglia, who, according to Will, used to beat him up years ago in kindergarten, and he now faces imprisonment after attacking a police officer who was responding to the attack.

Realizing Will has enormous potential, Lambeau goes to Will's trial and intervenes on his behalf, offering him a choice: either go to jail, or be released under Lambeau's personal supervision to study mathematics and see a therapist. Will chooses the latter, even though he does not believe he needs therapy.

To complicate matters, two strangers enter the equation: a washed-up shrink who starts to coach Will through his transformation, and a med student who shows him that there can be a pretty face along with his life of the mind.

The doctor-patient relationship between Sean and Will develops a new wrinkle when Will challenges Sean to take a hard, objective look at his own life. Sean has been unable to deal with his beloved wife's premature death from cancer two years before. As time goes on, Sean becomes very fond of Will, and feels that, despite Lambeau's good intentions, he may be pushing Will too hard.

This movie is rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue.

Year: 1997

Runtime: 126 mins

Genre: Drama

Starring:

Robin Williams

Ben Affleck

Matt Damon

Stellan Skarsgaard

Casey Affleck

Minnie Driver

Cole Hauser

George Plimpton

Alison Folland

Rachel Majowski

Colleen McCauley

John Mighton

Directed by: Gus Van Sant