Good Will Hunting

  I recently watched, for the first time, the movie Good Will Hunting. I had always dismissed it because it was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Those two twerps? How good could it be?

The answer:  Like it’s main character, Will Hunting, it is good–very good! It’s all about codependency. Since it’s heyday in the 80s, you would think everything had been said about codependency that could be said. Then along comes a movie that perfectly captures the message of the recovery movement.

Codependents are people who focus on and torture themselves about the behavior of others. In the process, they take on responsibility for everyone but themselves. Will had been abused as a child, and he blamed himself, so he denied his life the full flowering it should have had. His counselor (Robin Williams) finally breaks through to him:

“You’re a good person. It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. Now–what do you want in your own life?”

What a feel-good movie. I’m glad I saw it.


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