A dollar fifty vs 150 grand

Think I need to post-face my previous post on smarts and schools with this following…

Brand-name schools and the education they provide are so over-rated:

Will Hunting says:
See the sad thing about a guy like you is in 50 years you’re gonna start doin’ some thinkin’ on your own and you’re gonna come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life.
One: don’t do that.
And two: You dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuckin’ education you coulda’ got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.

And the comeback by the Ivy-league philistine:

The Philistine Ivy-leaguer:
Yeah, but I will have a degree. And you’ll be serving my kids fries at a drive-through on our way to a skiing trip.

And the only kind of language philistines understand, even Ivy-league educated ones:

Will: Yeah, maybe. Yeah, but at least I won’t be unoriginal. By the way if you have a problem with that, I mean, we could just step outside and we could figure it out.
The Philistine Ivy-leaguer: No, man, there’s no problem. It’s cool.
Will: It’s cool?
The Philistine Ivy-leaguer: Yeah.
Will: Cool.


And the best scene in the movie, the first two minutes of the opening:

The golden-sepia dusky glow, the spartan room, and piles and piles and piles of open books…
Matt Damon leafing through and absorbing pages whole, that faraway look in his eyes, and that magical word floating through the screen… Boundary.


4 thoughts on “A dollar fifty vs 150 grand

  1. Jeff,

    One of my favourites as well.

    But beyond the film’s own contents, Good Will Hunting has especial evocations for me, for the particular period and the personal, rather trying circumstances under which I watched it. Together with a few other films I watched in the same period: Gattaca, Finding Forrester, 饮食男女/Eat Drink Man Woman, Le Huitieme Jour/The Eighth Day.

    For better or for worse.


  2. Don, you have such elegant taste in movies. I’m very pedestrian and still watch old Godzilla and Gamera movies and enjoy them immensely.

  3. Jeff,

    I grew up watching Godzilla, Gamera movie reruns on TV, as well as the original Kamen Riders; and other enjoyable shows featuring the utter destruction of Tokyo and Japanese cities one way or another, like Japan Sinks.

    But all these actually slightly predated my time. My era was the one of Jap cartoon mecha, and my fav, undoubtably — Macross.

    You guys had dilithium crystals, warp engines and the Enterprise;
    we had Protoculture, reflex engines and the Super-Dimensional-Fortress 1 containing an entire Macross city.

    Not to forget midi-chlorians fuelled flux-capacitors and such…


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