My Boy’s Wicked Smart – Good Will Hunting (1/12) Movie CLIP (1997) HD

I was just hoping you might give me some insight into the evolution of the marked economy in the Southern colonies. My contention is that eh, prior to the revolutionary war the economic modalities, especially in the Southern colonies, could most aptly be characterized as agrarian pre-capital… – One second.. alright.. Of course that´s your contention. You´re a first year grad student, you just got finished reading some Marxian historian, Pete Garrison, probably. You´re gonna be convinced of that ´till next month when you get to James Lemon, then you´re gonna be talking about how the economy in Virginia and Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That´s gonna last until next year, you´re gonna be in here regurgitatin´ Gordon Wood. Talking about you know, the pre-Revolutionary Utopia and the capital forming effects of military mobilization. As a matter of fact, I won´t because Wood drastically underestimate the impact of social- Wood drastically underestimate the impact of social distinction predicated upon wealth especially inherited wealth? You got that from Vickers. Work in Essex County, page 98, right? Yeah, I read that too. Are you going to plagiarize the whole thing for us? Or do you have any thoughts that… of your own on this matter? Or do you – is that your thing? You come into a bar, you read some obscure passage and the pretend that you, you.. pawn it off as your own idea just to impress some girls and embarrass my friend? See, the sad thing about a guy like you is in fifty years you´re gonna start doing some thinking on your own, and you´re going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don´t do that, and two, you dropped the hundred and fifty grand on a fucking education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at a public library. Yeah, but I will have a degree. And you´ll be serving my kids fries at a drive-thru on our way to a skiing trip. Yeah, maybe. Eh, but at least I won´t be unoriginal. But I mean, if you have a problem with that, you and me can just step outside and we could figure it out. No man, there´s no problem. It´s cool. It´s cool? Yeah. Cool You´re fucking damn right, it´s cool. How do ya like me now? My boy´s wicked smart.

100 thoughts on “My Boy’s Wicked Smart – Good Will Hunting (1/12) Movie CLIP (1997) HD

  1. If only I had a friend like this to own the one know-it-all that is in every single one of my classes.

  2. Has anyone noticed how good the camerawork is in this scene?

    The lighting, the orientation of the actors and set, the angles, the gradual zooming in and out that is subtle enough to enhance the script but not distract.

    Gus Van Sant is a brilliant director!

  3. My boy's wicked smaht!
    Sorry I did the same thing as every one of four people who comment on this clip but God I love that line.

  4. +Andrew So I think it's because Matt Damon is a socialist wally who associates marxoid academics with genius. When actual intelligent people think of structuralism, post-structuralism, postmodernism, Durheim, Comte, and Hegelianism as the peek of academic bullshit.

  5. That David Foster Wallace wannabe got schooled by a genius with the emotional maturity of a raisin in front of a girl who laughs like a man.

    I'm not sure if anybody won anything in this scene.

    BTW if you like this film and don't know who Ramanujan was then you should be ashamed.

  6. This scene makes you realize that you don't need a trust fund or school loans to be highly educated. All you need is a library card and the drive to learn.

  7. That dude is a pompous Ivy League prickstain for sure but he is right in one sense. He WILL have a degree from Harvard.

  8. At least the Michael Bolton clone knows enough not to step outside with a couple of guys who already have cuts and bruises on their faces!

  9. I don't understand why people think others are very smart just because they know history? Being smart is about creating new things successfully and being able to figure out highly complicated problems. Just because you can re-gurgitate history and remember everything that happened doesn't mean your smart. It just means you have a good memory so this guy was everything but impressive. History is such a pointless subject, it offers nothing useful. But ofcourse, there are always exceptions. I'd really like to know what EXACTLY makes Will himself a genius, I know he could solve highly difficult math equations but how does he know how to do it all so easily/quickly? What knowledge did he have that none of the veteran math professors didn't? And how did he aquire that knowledge? Did he read every math tutorial book ever or something?

  10. There's a lot of reasons this is one of my favorite scenes from the movie. One reason is that I'm a displaced Massachusetts person (a former "Masshole," as we love to call ourselves) now living in the South, and it makes me nostalgic for the Boston ambience and accents. Another reason I'll give by posing a rhetorical question: How many of us know somebody like Clark? Some pompous, know-it-all pseudo-intellectual dickhead parading his insights to show the rest of us that he's God and we're not? And how many times in our head have we fantasized this kind of put-down that will forever shut the asshole up?

  11. I think this movie made a very important point, and that is that you if you want to have a college education, you don't have to go into debt in order to get it.

    Some of the most truly intelligent people in the world, are those that make a habit of reading on a regular basis.

    Unfortunately though in this culture, as a society our brains are basically rotting away from entertainment and whatnot.

    Many people seemed more concerned about if whether or not there any good shows on TV, as opposed to trying to better themselves with other education, or trying to pick up a skill that could be useful to them.

    Unfortunately the sixties counter-culture was no big help, is because they made learning seem not cool.

    When the truth of the matter is is that being a moron is what's not cool.

  12. Russians vs Americans:Russian: I would like to contributeAmerican: I am participating and fighting a war at the same time, except in the 1980's when you rushed us into blowing up a rocket.

  13. The intellectual dude should have been like…."Richard Feynman, contributer to the development of quantum electrodynamics, numerous accolades in the field of physics, Noble prize winner, subar IQ….my boys an empiricist!"

  14. Thoughts of your own? UN original? The very language we use is learned from our environment and culture. No one is original. Your speaking English, one of many. We stand on the shoulders of giants, meaning the privilege of knowing because of all the people who went before us; teaching, developing, and learning. I thank the world for everything we got. Ex, God making heaven and earth, and I especially thanks God for women, sisters, mothers, father, family. Then sunshine, home, cars, vacations etc.

  15. Nothing like watching a working class kid put a rich boy in his place with his mind and the STILL offering to take him to the street. Awesome!

  16. "… Who does the Reading?…"
    Looks up at his 3 Masters degrees.
    "For instance, I should have read up on how debilitating student loans are…"

  17. All Michael Bolton clone had to do was challenge Will to a karaoke contest and sing “when a man loves a woman”. GAME OVER

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