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Five Leftist Films That Don’t Make My Skin Crawl

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Posted on August 3 2010 8:00 am

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Good Will Hunting is an inspirational underdog tale. A kid who thought he had nothing realized how he could get everything (and may have had it all along). The film is Marxist because of Will’s animosity towards anyone with money or success. He ridicules Harvard Prof. Lambeau (who is portrayed is a typical condescending elitist) as well as his girlfriend Skylar (Harvard student) who he eventually attacks as “trust fund baby” who only wanted him so she could say she “went slumming once too.” The first interaction with Will and Sean yields the film’s politics with a discussion where the two hold up leftist historians Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky as important intellectuals. In addition, Will refuses a job at the NSA after giving them a speech about how the US government is too blood and oil thirsty.

Although the film is riddled with class warfare and nods to Marxist historians, Good Will Hunting holds its own regardless of politics. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck play great together and it is easy to see why this film brought them to the next level. Also, the meetings between Sean and Will (while sometimes leftist) are great discussions about life, art and history. There are some things we can’t learn by reading a book, we can’t hide behind what we think we know. We must play a hand in life and when we lose, don’t be afraid to ante up again.

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