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The young William Hunting has a genius IQ,
But he isn’t intent on becoming a star.
He’d rather do janitor work and make do
And show up wise guys in a South Boston bar.
 
When Gerald Lambeau, a professor of math,
Puts up a problem that few men have worked,
Will solves it in secret to sidestep his wrath,
But Lambeau is more flabbergasted than irked.
 
When Will’s taken in for assaulting a man,
Lambeau has a plan that he’s glad to unveil.
If Will studies with him, as part of the plan,
And takes therapy, he won’t be thrown in jail.
 
But all of Will’s visits with therapists flop.
He’s smarter than they, as he smugly confirms.
So Lambeau, who won’t let his therapy stop,
Requests one with whom he must now come to terms.
 
A strong-willed psychologist named Sean Maguire,
Who was Lambeau’s friend till a harsh falling out,
Starts meeting with Will with reluctant desire,
And thinks he can help him, though Will has some doubt.
 
Though Will is unwilling at first to comply,
Maguire’s straight talking and patience prevail.
Because of abuse, Will is now scared to try
Uncertain relationships, since they might fail.
 
Professor Lambeau attempts all that he can
To maximize Hunting’s unbounded potential.
Jobs fall at his doorstep, according to plan,
But Will treats his future as less than essential.
 
When Will’s girlfriend leaves for the sunny west coast,
He can’t bear to follow; he’d simply prefer
Subsisting in manual labor at most.
He’d rather stay put here than chase after her.
 
First, Will forsakes Lambeau, then Sean forsakes Will.
Will cannot stand risks, even though he’s so smart.
But then his own friend says he ought to fulfill,
Not waste, his potential. Will takes this to heart.
 
When Hunting agrees to accept a good job,
Maguire and Lambeau and Will reconcile.
And once Will and Sean have a good, poignant sob,
Will follows his girl, finding risks are worthwhile.
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I must preface my endorsement of this movie with this fact: I have only seen Good Will Hunting once and heavily edited, and, unlike most critics and filmgoers, that is the only way I would ever suggest seeing it. As powerful a movie as it is, the frequent language (mainly the F word) greatly detracts from its enjoyment. The worst part of it is that the nearly 100 obscenities serve no purpose whatsoever. I can halfway see using such language in times of great distress, but, aside from a few emotional breakdowns toward the end, nothing at all warrants it. It’s simply presented as a part of life for these people, and it is movies like this that have unfortunately led recently to the likes of The Wolf of Wall Street and its 500+ F bombs. I think that the obscenity was added to simply degrade what might otherwise be considered a Hallmark movie.

Ignoring the language and the requisite sex scene, though, the film as a whole is excellent. The acting is superb; Robin Williams, in particular, deserved his Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and his monologue about his wife and love is one of the greatest soliloquies ever filmed. The script also, which won Matt Damon and Ben Affleck their Oscar, is extremely clever and insightful (minus the F words). If obscenity doesn’t bother you, then, by all means, view the original film; otherwise, I would certainly recommend seeing the cut version. It’s much less distracting.

Best line: (Sean speaking to Will) “You don’t know about real loss, ’cause that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself. I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much.”

 
Artistry: 9
Characters/Actors: 10
Entertainment: 6
Visual Effects: N/A
Originality: 6
Watchability: 5
Other (language): -7
 
TOTAL: 29 out of 60
 

Tomorrow: #332: Balto

© 2014 S. G. Liput

 

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