Schickel, Richard. "Tales of Young Men and Their Dreams of Glory." Time 1 Dec. 1997: 80.
Sean has his own demons to deal with. He is in perpetual mourning for his late wife; his own life has nearly ended along with hers. To his friends, especially Lambeau, he is a failure. He has been reduced to teaching introductory psychology classes to bored students at Bunker Hill Community College. At the start of the story, he is as uninterested as Will is in achieving anything that might be described as success.
Van Sant, Gus. "Good Will Hunting." Miramax Films, 1997.
Chuckie has been the closest thing to a real family that the orphaned Will has ever known, and Chuckie is the one who finally convinces Will to abandon the safety of a pointless, drifting future. He tells him that Will's gift is like a lottery ticket; his refusal to cash it in is a kind of neglectful betrayal of his friends. Chuckie explains that his fondest hope is to pull up in front of Will's squalid apartment and find his friend gone without a word, moving on to the better life that his genius can give him.
pre-med student at Harvard, who is charmed by the boy's wit, intelligence, and underlying vulnerability. Although Will is drawn to her, he is also terrified of involvement. At the start of the story, the only long-term relationship he has ever been able to sustain is with his drinking buddies, led by Chuckie (Ben Affleck). Chuckie has stood by him all his life and fully accepts both Will's complexity and his genius. The film explores Will's first real attempts to connect with people outside his circle of childhood friends.
Perhaps the most poignant relationship explored in the film is that between Will and Lambeau, the professor whose discovery and rescue of Will launches the plot. Lambeau is brilliant, but he recognizes that Will's mind has the potential to outshine his own. He becomes a surrogate father to the boy, just at the point at which Will is about to become an adult