Parents' Guide to

Good Will Hunting

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Moving story of brilliant, troubled youth for older teens.

Movie R 1999 126 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 12+

Love it and appropriate for teens

Literally my all time favorite movie. Yes, the amount of sex and sexual references is a little annoying but the positive messages definitely make up for it. It’s a great movie to show your tweens and even teenagers will love it. I 100% recommend.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

One of the best movies ever. Worth it despite bad language....

This is one of my favorite movies of all-time. I showed it to my kids (14 and 12) and both really liked it and responded to it. The language is off-the-charts bad, but it fits in with the characters and there are so many good messages in this movie that it is more than worth it. I would say this is Robin Williams' best movie and the scenes with him and Matt Damon are so powerful. A tremendous movie that holds up incredibly well...

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Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28):
Kids say (71):

Mature teens will appreciate this movie -- which earned a writing Oscar for Damon and co-star Ben Affleck -- as a compelling story about a brilliant young man with a troubled past. Both gritty and moving, Good Will Hunting is a powerful tale of realizing your potential -- and the often-painful realities of growing up.

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