Plot Outline of “Good Will Hunting”

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Beat Acts Action Sequences Beat Description  Location Storylines
1
1
Introduce all the main characters and give them each a strength, flaw and goal.
Introduce Will, his friends, his strength, flaw and goal.
Will’s life before the inciting incident
Will and his friends sit at a bar telling jokes and laughing. EXT. SOUTH BOSTON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – DAY
INT. L STREET BAR & GRILLE, SOUTH BOSTON
Will
Chuckie
Morgan
2 Will is reading books at home while waiting to get picked up for work by Chuckie. INT. WILL’S APARTMENT Will
Chuckie
3 Introduce Lambeau
Begin Lambeau’s quest to find a genius.
Lambeau creates test #1 for Will.
Inciting incident to Will’s external quest
Lambeau challenges his students to solve an advanced math problem. INT. M.I.T. CLASSROOM Lambeau
(will )
4 Will and Chuckie get to know each other
Inciting incident to Will’s love story.
Will and Chuckie goof around at their favorite hangout spot and make plans to go to a Harvard bar. INT. FUNLAND Will
Chuckie
(Skylar )
5 Introduce Sean and show his flaw Sean sits on his roof looking morose, avoiding going to his college reunion. EXT. SOUTH BOSTON ROOFTOP Sean
6 Lambeau is given clue #1 Will has passed test #1.
Lambeau goes to investigate clue #1.
At his class reunion, Lambeau’s students tell him someone has solved his math challenge. EXT. M.I.T. CAMPUS Lambeau
(Will )
7 Inciting incident to Will’s Act 1 major conflict, which demonstrates his flaw and is a metaphor for his life.
Introduce Act 1 major conflict antagonist (one-off conflict character)
Will and his team goof off and see Bobby Champa, a person who beat up Will in the past. (metaphor for Will’s father) EXT. TOM FOLEY PARK, S. BOSTON Will
Chuckie
Morgan
8 Lambeau investigates clue #1 but hits a dead end. He issues a new, escalated test to Will. Lambeau tries and fails to find out who solved his math challenge by searching among his students in the hallway of MIT. Then he issues a new challenge. INT. M.I.T. HALLWAY Lambeau
(Will )
9
Major Act 1 conflict in Will’s external quest. By using his flaw and chasing his cursed goal, he fights Bobby Champa and wins a phyrric victory, which sets his life back and creates clue # for Lambeau.
Will, Chuckie, Morgan and Billy ride in Chuckie’s Cadillac talking about first world poor people’s problems. INT. CHUCKIE’S CAR Will
Chuckie
Morgan
10 Chuckie convinces Morgan to backup Will in a fight. INT. CHUCKIE’S CAR Chuckie
Morgan
(Will )
11 Will, Chuckie, Billy and Morgan fight Bobby Champa and his crew, ending with Will being arrested EXT. SIDEWALK Will
Chuckie
Morgan
12
2
The antagonist hunts for the hero while the hero meets his love interest.
Sean experiences the consequences of using his flaw and failing his quest. Sean sits morose on his roof having skipped his class reunion. EXT. SEAN’S ROOF — NIGHT Sean
13 Chuckie rescues Will after Will receives judgment from the authorities, who give him a mandatory mission to return to court for further judgment. Chuckie picks up Will from the courthouse after being arrested. EXT. COURTHOUSE Chuckie
Will
14
Lambeau is given clue #2 Will has passed test #2. Then Lambeau creates test #3 for Will. Later, he accidentally finds Will passing test #3. Lambau tries to catch Will, but Will flees and escapes, but leaves behind clue #4, which Lambeau finds.
Lambeau and his students gather in class to learn who solved the second math challenge. They fail to achieve their goal. Lambeau creates a new goal for Will. INT. M.I.T. CLASSROOM Lambeau
(Will )
15 Lambeau catches Will solving the third math challenge, but Will runs away. INT. M.I.T. HALLWAY — NIGHT Lambeau
Will
16
Will meets his lover, Skylar. He wins the opportunity for a first date with her by defeating a one-off conflict character in a test of strength.
Will, Chuckie, Billy and Morgan go to Casey’s bar as discussed in Beat 4. Will says he lost his job and Chuckie says he can get him a new job. EXT. BOW AND ARROW PUB, CAMBRIDGE Will
Chuckie
Morgan
(Skylar )
17 Chuckie hits on Skylar and Lydia at a Harvard bar. INT. BOW AND ARROW — CONTINUOUS Chuckie
Skylar
(Will )
18 Chuckie gets humiliated intellectually by Clark. INT. BOW AND ARROW — CONTINUOUS Chuckie
Clark
Skylar
Will
19 Will saves Chuckie by humiliating Clark intellectually. INT. BOW AND ARROW — CONTINUOUS Will
Clark
Chuckie
Skylar
20 Skylar gives Will his prize for beating Act 2 threshold beat-antagonist (Clark) INT. BOW AND ARROW — CONTINUOUS Skylar
Will
21 Will taunts Clark with Skylar’s phone number. EXT. BOW AND ARROW Will
Clark
(Skylar )
22 Chuckie takes Will home from the bar. EXT. STREET
EXT. WILL’S APARTMENT
Will
Chuckie
23
3
The antagonist traps the hero, and the hero fights back.
Lambeau investigates clue #4 and finds clue #5. Lambeau looks for Will by talking to Will’s previous employer. INT. M.I.T. BUILDING AND GROUNDS GARAGE Lambeau
(Will )
24
Will attempts to complete his setback mission to return to court. He uses his strength but fails. In a false failure, he’s rescued by Lambeau, but this is a false victory, because Lambeau gives Will two new missions attend mentoring and therapy sessions. Then Chuckie rescues Will from court, but this is a false victory, because Will can’t tell Chuckie the truth about his release.
Will fails to argue his court case before the judge. Lambeau intercedes to save and indebt him. INT. COURTROOM Will
Lambeau
25 Will calls Skylar from jail asking for a date and legal representation. INT. MIDDLESEX COUNTY JAIL, HOLDING Will
Skylar
Lambeau
26 Lambeau explains to Will the conditions of his release from jail. (Will wants to meet with Lambeau for math mentoring and see a therapist) INT. MIDDLESEX COUNTY JAIL, INTERROGATION ROOM Lambeau
Will
27 Will tells Chuckie the results of his trial. INT. FUNLAND Will
Chuckie
(Lambeau )
28
Will prepares for pre-Sean therapy test #1, uses his strength and wins, but it’s a false victory, because he broke the condition of his release.
Will reads Henry Limpkin’s book. INT. WILL’S APARTMENT Will
(Lipkin )
(Lambeau )
29 Will meets with Henry Lipkin, who states the stakes and conditions of Quest chain 1, and Will rejects both Henry Lipkin and the message. INT. PSYCHOLOGIST’S OFFICE Will
(Lipkin )
(Lambeau )
30 Lipkin storms out of his session with Will, embarrassing Lambeau. INT. PSYCHOLOGIST’S OFFICE Will
Lipkin
(Lambeau )
31
4
The antagonist recruits a mentor for the hero, whom the hero rejects while getting closer to his love interest.
Lambeau gives Will mentoring test #1, which Will uses his strength and passes.
Lambaue states Will’s flaw and warns of the consequence of using it.
Will and Lambeau work on a theorem. Lambeau states Will’s flaw and gives him advice on how to fix it. Lambeau sets up Will’s next conflict. INT. HALLWAY Will
Lambeau
32 Lambeau gives Will pre-Sean therapy test #2, which Will uses his strength and passes (to him), but it’s a false failure, because he broke the condition of his parole. Will insults and drives off a hypnotist in Lambeau’s office/presence. INT. LAMBEAU’S OFFICE Will
Hypnotist
Lambeau
33 We see a metaphor for Sean’s life, followed by Lambeau arriving, which is the inciting incident to Sean’s quest to help Will. Sean lectures a bored class about the importance of therapists gaining their client’s trust, and Lambeau interrupts his class to talk about Will. INT. BUNKER HILL CAMPUS — DAY Sean
Lambeau
34 Will and Skylar go on date #1 and get to know each other. Will and Skylar go on their first date. EXT. HARVARD SQUARE — NIGHT Will
Skylar
35 Sean and Lambeau get to know each other Sean and Lambeau make small talk and reminisce at a diner. INT. LOCKOBER RESTAURANT — NIGHT Sean
Lambeau
(Will )
36 While still on date #2, Will and Skylar continue getting to know each other. Will and Skylar make small talk at a diner and kiss. INT. HARVARD SQ. DINER: “THE TASTY” — NIGHT Will
Skylar
37 Lambeau offers Sean the quest to help Will. After refusing the call, Sean accepts the quest. Lambeau convinces Sean to be Will’s therapist. INT. LOCKOBER RESTAURANT — SAME Lambeau
Sean
(Will )
38
Meeting Sean is Will’s therapy test #3. Will uses his strength and wins, but it’s a false victory, because Sean decides to continue his quest.
Will and Sean get to know each other.
Will meets with Sean for their first session. Will attempts to insult Sean repeatedly until he finds one that gets under Sean’s skin. He insult’s Sean’s wife, and Sean chokes/threatens Will. EXT. BUNKER HILL CAMPUS — MORNING
INT. SEAN’S OFFICE — DAY
Will
Sean
(Lambeau )
39 Sean tells Lambeau he wants to continue seeing Will. INT. SEAN’S OFFICE — DAY Sean
Lambeau
(Will )
40
5
The hero pulls away from the quest he should be on, but he’s no longer satisfied with his old life.
Will and Skylar go on date #2 and get to know each other. Will uses his flaw. Will and Skylar go on their second date, and Will lies that he has a big, happy family. EXT. WONDERLAND RACETRACK — DAY Will
Skylar
41
Sean experiences the consequence of failing his therapy test #1. He debates continuing his quest to help Will.
Will and Sean get to know each other.
Sean sits at his small, dirty apartment alone drinking and thinking. INT. SEAN’S APARTMENT — NIGHT Sean
42 Sean lectures Will about being an inexperienced boy and needing to talk about his past. EXT. BOSTON COMMON — MINUTES LATER Sean
Will
(Skylar )
43 Will refuses the call to setup date #3 with Sklar and continue getting to know her. Will tries to call Skylar but hangs up. Will
Skylar
44 Will attempts Sean’s therapy test #2 and passes (to him) by using his strength and his flaw, which results in a false victory because Lambeau decides to continue his quest to help Will. Will meets with Sean and doesn’t say anything during their session. Afterwards, Sean debriefs with Lambeau. INT. SEAN’S OFFICE — DAY Will
Sean
Lambeau
45
Will experiences the consequences of his false victory. His life is going nowhere, which he is starting to not want.
Chuckie drops Will off from work at night, picks Will up in the morning for work and mentors Will at work doing demolition. It’s a dreary life. INT. CONSTRUCTION SITE — DAY Chuckie
Will
46 Will, Chuckie and their friends joke at a South Boston bar about women. Will sees his future with his friends and decides to go home early despite protests from his friends to keep living this way. EXT. SOUTH BOSTON STREET — NIGHT
INT. SKYLAR’S ROOM — NIGHT
Will
Chuckie
47 Will takes mentoring test #2, which he passes by using his strength. Will and Lambeau enjoy solving a math problem together. INT. SEAN’S OFFICE — DAY Will
Lambeau
48 Will takes Sean therapy test #3, which he passes by facing his fear.
Will and Sean get to know each other.
Will opens up in his session with Sean. Will
Sean
(Lambeau )
49
6
The hero applies himself to his quest but pulls away again when he starts to make progress.
Empowered by passing his test and facing his fears, he applies the same strategy to his love quest with Skylar. He asks her to go on date #3, but Skylar refuses the call, but Will uses his strength to convince her. Skylar agrees to go on date #3.
Will sneaks into Skylar’s dorm and asks for another date. Skylar reluctantly refuses, saying she has homework to do. Will
Skylar
50 Will does Skylar’s homework for her. Will
(Skylar )
51 Will gives Skylar her completed homework, and she agrees to go on a date with him. Will
Skylar
52 Will teakes Sean’s therapy test #4 and wins by facing his fears.
Will and Sean get to know each other.
Will and Sean open up to each other in session, and Sean gives Will advice about relationships, missed opportunities, regret and the cost of living. Will
Sean
(Lambeau )
53 Will takes Lambeau’s mentoring test #3 and passes by using his strength. Will improves on a famous mathematician’s theory in his session with Lambeau. Will
Lambeau
54
Will and Skylar go on date #3, have sex and get to know each other. Skylar gives Will a new condition to continue getting to know her He must introduce her to his friends.
Will and Skylar are in a post-coital embrace. Skylar demands to meet Will’s friends and/or family. Will
Skylar
55 Skylar goes out drinking with Will and his friends Skylar
Will
Chuckie
Morgan
56 After leaving the bar, Will takes Chuckie’s car to drive Skylar home and lies about having 12 brothers again. Will
Skylar
(Chuckie )
57
7
Against Sean’s warning, Lambeau gives Will, interview test #1. Chuckie takes Will’s test in his place and passes (to them), but it’s a false victory, because it violates the conditions of Will’s parole.
Lambeau makes arrangements at a party to pimp out Will to his colleagues Lambeau
Interviewer #1
(Will )
58 Lambeau tells Sean he’s arranged job interviews for Will, and they argue whether he’s ready or not. Lambeau
Sean
(Will )
59 Chuckie impersonates Will at a job interview and hustles the interviewers for cash. Chuckie
Interviewer #2
(Will )
(Lambeau )
60
Will and Skylar go on date #4 and get to know each other. Skylar gives him an ultimatum to get closer to her. Will uses his flaw and refuses the call. Skylar can’t get through to Will. So she asks Chuckie for help. He confirms Will loves her.
On a study date on the Harvard lawn, Skylar states Will’s flaw and implies he should move to California with her in two months. Skylar
Will
61 Skylar visits Chuckie at his house and asks why Will is so distant. Chuckie says Will have never liked a girl the way he likes Skylar. Skylar
Chuckie
(Will )
62 Lambeau gives Will, mentoring test #4. Will passes using his strength, but he uses his flaw and forces Lambeau to face his fear. Will humiliates Lambeau by out-mathing him, and Lambeau gets mad at will for embarrassing him at the interview. They both demonstrate and state how their flaws conflict and affect each other Will
Lambeau
(Interviewer #2)
63
8
With pressure mounting, the hero rides the fence and is even less satisfied with his old life. His allies finally help him overcome his signature flaw.
Will and Skylar go on date #5 and have sex. Skylar gives him the ultimatum again. Will uses his flaw and tells Skylar he doesn’t love her. While sleeping at Skylar’s dorm, Skylar asks Will to move to California with her, and Will blows up on her, admitting his past and telling her he doesn’t lover her. Skylar
Will
64 Will goes on interview test #2 and passes (to him) by using his strength, but it’s a false victory, because he refused the call to leave his old life. Will goes to a job interview with the NSA and insults the interviewers. . Will
Interviewer #3
(Lambeau )
65 Will experiences the consequences of his false victory and wants his old life even less. Will hangs out with Chuckie and Morgan at Chuckie/his mom’s house and takes little joy in his normal routine. Will
Chuckie
Morgan
66
Will’s experience emboldens him to ask Skylar on date #6, but he uses his flaw and fails to aggree to her ultimatum or say he loves her.
As Will works with Lambeau, Skylar moves farther away from Will. Will fails to attempt to catch her, and he loses her.
Will calls Skylar and says he’s looking for a real job to impress Skylar, but he won’t tell her he loves her or move to California with her. Will
Skylar
67 Over several scenes spliced between cuts to and from Beat 68, Will works with Lambeau in Sean’s office.. Will
Lambeau
68 Over several scenes spliced between cuts to and from Beat 67, Skylar slowly boards an airplane to California.. Skylar
Will
69 Will takes Sean’s therapy test #5 while experiencing the consequence of losing Skylar. Will uses his flaw and fails the test.
Sean and Will get to know each other.
During their therapy session, Sean gets under Will’s skin by throwing his flaws in his face. Will lashes back, throwing Sean’s flaws in his face. Sean is the victor in the power play. Will
Sean
(Skylar )
70
9
Will refuses the call to heal and then accepts, neutralizing his flaw.
Will experiences the consequences of his failure and wants his old life even less. While working demolition with Chuckie, Will takes his anger out on a wall with a hammer. Will
Chuckie
71 Will fails to take mentoring test #5, but it’s a false failure. Even though it violates the conditions of his parole, Lambeau decides to give Will another chance. Will doesn’t show up for his mentoring session with Lambeau. Lambeau threatens Sean that he’ll revoke Will’s parole, but secretly he lies on his probation report and says Will attended the session. . Lambeau
Sean
(Will )
72 Will and Skylar go on date #7 and get to know each other. Skylar gives will another opportunity ultimatum to stay with her, which Will fails to accept. On a study date on the Harvard lawn, Skylar states Will’s flaw and implies he should move to California with her in two months. Skylar
Will
73
Will takes therapy test #6 and succeeds by facing his fears.
Lambeau shows up at Will’s meeting with Sean before Will arrives and argues with Sean about pushing Will too hard. Lambeau
Sean
(Will )
74 Will shows up to his last meeting with Sean. Lambeau leaves. Will opens up completely to Sean, and Sean neutralizes Will’s flaw with a hug and telling him his child abuse wasn’t his fault. Will
Sean
Lambeau
75
10
Will prepares to enter his new life and says his goodbyes as Lambeau and Sean reunite over Will’s success.
Will experiences the repercussions of his success. Chuckie gies him a prize that will allow Will to chase Skylar. Sean and Lambeau give him an opportunity to refuse the call, but Will decides to accept the call.
Will walks around town with new eyes. He goes into a business and applies for a job seriously. Will
(Skylar )
76 Chuckie gives Will a POS car for his birthday. Chuckie
Will
(Skylar )
77 Will says goodbye to Sean, who tells him to only take the job if he really wants it. Will
Sean
(Lambeau )
78 Will runs into Lambeau leaving Sean’s office. Lambeau tells Will he’s free and to only take the job if he really wants it. Will
Lambeau
79 Lambeau and Sean reconcile. Lambeau and Sean resolve their differences and become friends. Lambeau
Sean
80 Will debates chasing Skylar and decides to continue the quest. Will sits alone thinking next to a river, then gets up and walks away. Will
(Skylar )
81
11
Denoument
Will leaves, and his friends show their emotional reaction.
With his car packed up to move to California, Will leaves a letter in Sean’s mailbox as Sean packs his things to go to India. Will
(Skylar )
82 Chuckie goes to pick up Will for work in the morning and finds he isn’t there, which pleases Chuckie. Chuckie
Morgan
83 Will drives off into the sunset. Will

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