Study Guide

Good Will Hunting Dissatisfaction

Dissatisfaction

MAGUIRE: Why did you work at the most prestigious technical college in the whole f***in' world? And why did you sneak around at night and finish other people's formulas that only one or two people in the world could do, and then lie about it?

Maguire accepts the fact that manual labor is an honorable thing to do with your life. But he doesn't buy the idea that this is what Will really wants. If that were the case, why would we work at MIT and spend his nights finishing complicated math problems? It's somewhere around this point that Will realizes he's right.

JUDGE: Son, my turn. I've been sitting here for ten minutes now looking over this... rap sheet of yours. I just can't believe it. June '93, Assault. September '93, Assault. Grand theft auto, February '94.

After listening to Will rant about American legal history, the judge finally steps in and delivers the facts as he knows them. He reads out Will's history of violent, antisocial behavior. This is also the first time we've heard Will's entire history, and we can tell at this point that there's something definitely wrong with Will's emotions.

LAMBEAU: No it isn't, Sean. This boy has that gift. He just hasn't got the direction, but we can give that to him.

Sean Maguire thinks Professor Lambeau is being dramatic when he says Will is a once-in-a-lifetime genius. But Lambeau insists that they need to get Will's emotions under control in order to harness his gift. Of course, Lambeau isn't necessarily interested in curing Will's dissatisfaction. He just wants to do whatever it takes to get Will working for him to his fullest abilities.

MAGUIRE: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Gerry. Let's talk about the boy. Why don't we give him time to figure out what he wants?

After listening to Lambeau's rant about Will's genius, Maguire insists that they let Will figure things out for himself. The problem is that Lambeau won't be satisfied with any answer that doesn't result in Will devoting his life to mathematics.

WILL: Oh come on. Why is it always this, I mean, I f***in' owe it to myself to do this… why if I don't want to.

Will is sick and tired of people telling him that he needs to use his gifts and live up to his potential. In his mind, he's the one who gets to decide what he wants to do with his life. The thing is that he actually wants to do more with his intelligence, but he's scared about not being able to do it on his own terms.

CHUCKIE: No. No no. F*** you. You don't owe it to yourself. You owe it to me. 'Cause tomorrow I'm gonna wake up and I'll be fifty. And I'll still be doin' this sh**.

Will is tired of people telling him he's owes it to himself to live up to his potential. But this isn't what Chuckie wants to tell him at all. Chuckie thinks that Will owes it to all the other men he works with on the construction site, because any one of them would kill for a ticket to a better life. Will has that ticket and he refuses to use it, and this annoys Chuckie a whole lot.

CHUCKIE: I mean, you're sitting on a winnin' lottery ticket. And you're too much of a pussy to cash it in. And that's bullsh**. 'Cause I'd do f***in' anything to have what you got.

Chuckie says he'd do anything to have the kind of gifts that Will does, which makes it that much harder for him to stand by and watch Will waste all his potential doing jobs that anyone in the world could do.

CHUCKIE: Hanging around here is a f***in' waste of your time.

As he so eloquently puts it, Chuckie thinks that working at a construction site is a waste of Will's time. Everyone else knows it and they're actually a little offended that Will is using this job as a way to escape from his problems.

CHUCKIE: But you know what the best part of my day is? It's for about ten seconds from when I pull up to the curb to when I get to your door. Because I think maybe I'll get up there and I'll knock on the door and you won't be there. No goodbye, no see you later, no nothin'. Just left.

Chuckie finally sums up his thoughts on Will's life when he says the best part of his day is the ten seconds he spends waiting at Will's door to pick him up. He always hopes that Will will be gone… because he's sick of watching Will waste his gifts on the dingy life he lives in the Southie neighborhood of Boston.

LAMBEAU: Most days I wish I never met you. Because then I could sleep at night, and I wouldn't... and I wouldn't have to walk around with the knowledge that there's someone like you out there. And I didn't have to watch you throw it all away.

If you want to talk about dissatisfaction, look no further than Professor Gerald Lambeau. The dude is so committed to mathematics that he wishes he'd never met Will Hunting. Then he wouldn't have to stand by and watch the greatest genius of his time throw away his gifts. The reason he's so upset is because Will is basically making him feel as though the knowledge he's spent his life working on is totally worthless.