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December 5, 2002

Good Will Hunting

Posted by Mike on December 5, 2002 11:34 PM

Class Requirement. One of my classmates said he decided to do his final paper on this movie because of its near total conventionality, which I'm happy to grant. Good Will Hunting doesn't have much in the way of the novel or tittilating, so it's easier to take as the feel-good story it is. It might be the most tolerable Ben Affleck ever has been or ever will be on screen. James Berardinelli hits the nail as squarely as anyone.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about tonight's viewing is that Gus Van Sant showed up to discuss his movie. Among other things, we learned that the original Ben Affleck/Matt Damon script was laced with chase scenes that Rob Reiner had to beg them to drop; Mel Gibson coveted Robin Williams' role; and Michael Mann shot a test scene with Damon and Affleck, got Harvey Weinstein to offer them untold sums of money to drop out of their roles so Bradd Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio could step in, and gave up on the project in disgust when they refused.