Good Will Hunting – 25 Years Later
Good Will Hunting put Southie on the map. South Boston was always an under-the-radar, sometimes misunderstood, Irish Catholic working-class neighborhood of Boston. After Good Will Hunting debuted in movie theaters in 1997, people from all over the world caught a glimpse of Southie and fell in love. The story of the broken but lovable orphan/janitor/math genius from Southie, Will Hunting (Matt Damon), and his struggles coming to grips with the reality that he is extraordinary and deserves happiness. He needed to escape the dismal existence of living in Southie.
Flash forward 25 years later, Will Hunting would hardly recognize the Southie of his childhood. We’ve got Starbucks, yoga studios, multimillion-dollar condos and lines galore on the weekends. And he certainly wouldn’t recognize his own apartment – it sold a few years ago for over $700,000.
Now the storyline of Good Will Hunting wouldn’t really make sense in the Southie of 2022, right? Comedian Will Noonan ponders what that plot line might look like!