Wednesday is National Canadian Film Day, so this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie features a Canadian filmmaker talking about a movie that may not have maple syrup in its veins, but definitely has Timbit crumbs on its shirt.
That’d be Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting, the Oscar-winning 1997 indie that substituted classrooms at U of T and Central Tech for Harvard, and even shot its most famous scene in a Toronto bar. And its influence on Michael’s own work is pretty clear — Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s screenplay taught him that earnestness is a good thing, if you can bring the audience along — so it totally earns its honourary Leafs jersey.
Also, it’s a solid drama with excellent performances all around, and one that holds up surprisingly well a quarter of a century later. (Yes, it’s been 25 years since Good Will Hunting came out. Try not to feel old.)
And like some apples, would ya? They’re wicked good for you.