Good Will Hunting was the breakout movie, written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, that solidified them both as actors and writers. The film was about a custodial worker, Will Hunting, (Matt Damon) who just, you know, happened to be a genius. A professor (Stellan Skarsgard) discovers this when he solves a difficult equation left on the classroom chalkboard.
The professor arranges for Will Hunting to study mathematics and see a therapist (Robin Williams) to avoid incarceration after having beat up a childhood bully. The focus of Good Will Hunting is on college education so naturally I learned a lot about navigating college from it. The story is about overcoming circumstances in order to reach your fullest potential and serves a discussion about class privilege and higher education. Good Will Hunting is just one of those movies you watch for three reasons: to get inspired, to have a good cry or to bask in Ben Affleck’s Boston accent. It’s a triple threat, if you will.