Good Will Hunting – Edited

Theatrical Release: December 5, 1997
DVD Release: November 19, 2003


Critics are raving about this original story written by two of the actors, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Damon plays Will Hunting, an emotional cripple and mathematical genius employed as a janitor at prestigious M.I.T. in Boston. Affleck plays Chuckie, his best friend. Will is an arrogant smart aleck who’s always on the edge of life, careful not to get close to anyone or take any job that requires commitment. In the deserted halls of the M.I.T. math department, he delights in solving the most difficult problems left on the chalk board by Dr. Jeffrey Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard). When the professor catches Will working the problems, he recognizes the young man’s potential. Then Will gets arrested for slugging a policeman, and the professor bails him out on the condition that Will submit to psychotherapy. After four other therapists fail to reach Will, Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) eventually manages to earn Will’s trust. GOOD WILL HUNTING is predicted to earn Oscar nominations for both Dawson and Williams. But its positive, uplifting story of a few people’s faith in a seemingly hopeless young man should be popular with moviegoers as well.

Dove Review

I never went to see this film when it came out in 1997 because it had over 100 f-words and other obscene and profane language. But, because this was an edited version, I decided to watch it. This a great film when you take out all the garbage language. Will Hunting is bothered by many issues of his past and he reacts to them by being a smart aleck and eager to get into fights. He has a brilliant mind for physics and continues to amaze the M.I.T. math department. Sean Maguire helps Will figure out what he wants out of life and why he pushes people away. I’m glad I waited to see this in the edited version because all the bad language in the original would have ruined the film for me. But this edited version I can recommend without hesitation.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Miramax
Director: Gus Van Sant
Producer: Lawrence Bender
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Reviewer: Dave Lukens