I Finally Watched Good Will Hunting. What Else Have I Been Missing Out On?

good will hunting

I honestly don’t know why I’ve never seen the Oscar winning film. I think it all started because when I was younger I thought it was a movie about a manhunt or something. I had no idea Matt Damon’s character was named Will Hunting until about a week ago. Once I figured out the movie was about a guy named Will Hunting and not Robin Williams trying to help someone on a manhunt, I was all in on giving the film a shot. Now I’m starting to question myself on why I wasn’t psyched to watch a movie about Robin Williams on a manhunt. I hate myself sometimes. 

Over the years I learned pieces of information about the movie, like chalkboard math, quotes about liking apples, and Robin Williams having insanely hairy forearms. For whatever reason, those still weren’t good enough reasons for me to devote 2+ hours of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck doing their best Southie voices.

will hunting math

Oh yeah, Casey Affleck is in the movie too. Maybe that’s what landed him the role in the Ocean’s franchise. I’ll have to ask George Clooney next time we’re grabbing a drink at the Reds game.

Last night I finally buckled down and smashed that play button on HBO Now. Not only was the movie good, but I discovered how hot Minnie Driver was back in the day. Don’t get me wrong, she’s an attractive lady today, but oooooo mama. Harvard Minnie had it goin’ on. Pair that with Benny from Dazed and Confused rolling in Will Hunting’s squad and you’ve got yourself a masterpiece on your hands.

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I had absolutely zero knowledge going into the movie of what was going to happen, which almost seems impossible since the movie has been out there since I was 11-years-old. It did, however, finally provide some context to the “how do you like them apples?” quote I regularly used despite never seeing the movie that made it famous. Oh that Will Hunting, such a number pulling pimp.

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You’d think I’d be happy after the movie was over. I had, in fact, finally seen the movie that many people consider an all-time must see. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the movie and have already tried to calculate the amount of time I should let pass before I try to watch it again. But I went to bed wondering what all I’ve missed out on over the years because my free time is often filled with the same episodes of The Office, New Girl, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Blue Mountain State, and live sports. Not only is it hard to find time and the attention span to watch full movies these days, but I’m honestly too afraid to ask what to watch because it’s embarrassing to admit how many classics I haven’t seen.

afraid to ask

Thanks to Good Will Hunting, I think I’m ready to turn over a new leaf. I’m going to make it a point to watch a classic, or new release at least once a week. I don’t know how long this will last but I’m sick of not knowing any of the references people use when they start tossing out lines from super hero movies or the newest thriller.

If anyone has a suggestion on what I should watch next, I’m all ears. If it sucks, I’ll probably publicly shame you, but I’ve seen plenty of shitty movies over the years (remember, I’ve lived with Jefe) so the bar has been set pretty low.

Unless it’s Inception. I still won’t watch that.


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