Good Will Hunting
Director: Gus Van Sant
Producer: Lawrence Bender
Screenwriters: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Casts: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck,
Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgård
MPAA Rating: R
Year of Release: 1997
Released on Video: 07/07/98
Despite being a mathematical genius capable
of solving problems that have long stumped the brightest graduate
students, MIT janitor Will Hunting’s self esteem is
so severely damaged by his abusive childhood that he clings
to life in the slow lane. That is, until his talent is discovered
and he is cajoled into therapy. In the end, it is the love
a woman that finally compels him to throw out his distorted
self image about himself and to adapt to his reality in a
Watch how Will changes his view of himself
and comes to grips with a past that has stymied him his entire
life, despite his own brilliant efforts to sabotage all rescue
attempts by those who love and understand him.
- How did Will first think negatively
- Do you believe that you will never be able to heal your
emotional pain and therefore increase your self-esteem?
- Do you remember a time in your life when you were able experience
emotional healing like Will although you didn’t think
it was possible?
- If this was your experience, do you consider that you might
have the capacity to heal and change again?
- Does Will’s capacity to find healing for his emotional
wounds remind you of possibly neglected resources inside you
that might help you to achieve the same?
- How, do you think, he was able to let go of his self-doubts?
- Imagine yourself as Will when he let go of her negative
- What distorted thoughts about yourself are dropping away
as you “become” him?