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With: Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Casey Affleck, Cole Hauser
Written by: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
MPAA Rating: R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue
Running Time: 126
Date: 02/12/1997

Good Will Hunting (1997)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Maths of Glory

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won a pair of Oscars for their original screenplay about a lower-class mathematical genius in Boston. The picture can get overly sentimental at times, but Gus Van Sant's sensitive direction, his admiration for beautiful faces and his excellent use of the city make it a hugely entertaining and effective film. Robin Williams also won an Oscar for his portrayal of a helpful psychologist/teacher. Minnie Driver co-stars as Will's love interest and gets to keep her English accent, and Ben Affleck turns in an efficient and streetwise supporting performance as Will's pal.

In 2011, Lionsgate -- which obtained some of the Miramax catalog -- released a new Blu-Ray edition, with most of the extras from the DVD. It includes a commentary track with director Van Sant, Damon, and Affleck, deleted scenes, featuettes, trailers, and the Oscar montage. Quality is excellent, but why is the sound on the commentary track set so low?

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