Good Will Hunting

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Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant. Alongside Ben Affleck and Robin Williams, the film starred Matt Damon in the lead role of Will Hunting. Written by and starring Affleck and Damon, Good Will Hunting was met with both critical and financial success, beginning Affleck and Damon's rise to stardom. The film grossed over twenty-two times its $10,000,000 budget during its theatrical run and later earned nine Academy Award nominations, two of which it won.

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Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level intellect. Despite this, he chooses to work as a janitor at MIT and lives alone in a rundown South Boston neighborhood, spending time with his friends Chuckie Sullivan (Ben Affleck), Billy McBride (Cole Hauser) and Morgan O'Mally (Casey Affleck). An abused foster child, he subconsciously blames himself for his unhappy upbringing and turns this self-loathing into a form of self-sabotage both professionally and personally.

Will solves a difficult graduate-level problem taken from algebraic graph theory that Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård), a Fields Medal winner and combinatorialist, posed as a challenge 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. When Lambeau chances upon Will writing on a chalkboard, he chases Will away, taking him for a vandal. However, Lambeau realizes Will solved the problem.

Soon thereafter, Will faces incarceration after attacking a police officer. Realizing Will is extraordinarily brilliant, Lambeau speaks to the judge presiding over Will's case. Lambeau informs Will that the judge will not sentence Will to imprisonment if Will studies mathematics under Lambeau's personal supervision and agrees to see a therapist. Will agrees, even though he does not believe he needs therapy.

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