Mommying Will Hunting

Blog Will Hunting welcomes guest contributor Claire, mother of two, and a contributor to the blog Rants from MommyLand.


Have you ever noticed that there are no parents in Good Will Hunting?

"That's a good takedown."

There are brief references to Will’s biological and foster parents, Skylar’s wealthy father, Sean’s abusive dad, and Chuckie’s Ma (and her VCR…). Certainly, Sean and Lambeau become a type of hybrid father figure to Will, together tumultuously strengthening Will’s ability to form healthy emotional attachment. But there are no actual moms or dads written into the script and we never witness any authentic parenting in the movie.

As a mother to two young children I sometimes find myself thinking back to this film and wondering, what about the parents? What’s their deal? What parenting successes led to Chuckie’s unabashed confidence? What drove the horrific foster parents to utterly ignore Will’s obvious genius?

Despite the lack of parental presence in the film there is still a lot of child-rearing wisdom to be reaped. In fact, I’ve managed to successfully incorporate several brilliant GWH one-liners into my own mothering repertoire.

Bill takes down Morgan

For example, the baby hates to don his snow suit. By the time I stuff all four extremities into the ball of down fluff he is sobbing as if I’ve submitted him to some kind of torture device. But then once he’s strapped in the backpack or the stroller and he’s outside in the fresh air he is hands-down the happiest kid in the world. At this point I get right up in his face and declare, “How do you like me NOW?!

A selection of various lego bricks via The Morning News | A Common Nomenclature for Lego FamiliesNext example: My 2.5 year-old decides to dump out every single Lego, block and puzzle piece we own about 35 seconds before we’re supposed to leave for preschool. My response? “Jane! No more shenanigans. No more tomfoolery. No more ballyhoo. Put. On. Your. Shoes.” If my request is subsequently ignored I have been known to take a deep breath and mutter, “Keep antagonizing me, watch what happens.”

And my personal favorite: as I break up a scrum between my son and daughter a sudden stench makes my eyes sting. I ask, “OK, who made a poop?” <They both look innocent.> I point to the guiltiest-looking child and announce, “Ya suspect!

Ya suspect!

Thank you, Good Will Hunting, for allowing me to share these truly awesome parenting gems with my kids, especially the most graceful way to exit an awkward social encounter: “I swallowed a bug.


Legos image via The Morning News, “A Common Nomenclature for Lego Families.”

I’m feeling lucky

This is the 100th post on Blog Will Hunting, and to celebrate, a little retrospective….

Here is a list of some of my favorite of the hundreds of search terms that have brought people to the site.

I’m not sure everyone got what they were looking for. Nevertheless, enjoy.

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Blog Will Hunting celebrates one year on the web, with cake wrecks

Ah yes, it was just a year ago when we first began blogging about Good Will Hunting here on Blog Will Hunting.

And as a part of our ongoing series THEY GOT A BOOK DEAL; WHY NOT ME, please enjoy a piece of birthday cake with us.

If a blog about ill-constructed cakes can get a book deal, why not a blog with brilliantly-constructed Good Will Hunting-themed cakes?


"How Do You Like Them Apples?" apple cake with brown sugar frosting and mini-cupcakes with red frosting

Many thanks to cake auteur Molly, who writes:

Well, it was supposed to be a “How Do You Like Them Apples?” Apple Cake, with Brown Sugar Frosting, with mini-cupcakes made to look like apples.  The cake recipe is from King Arthur Flour.  On the cake was a hand, holding a piece of paper with Skylar’s phone number. The background was decorated with cinnamon, and the paper made white with confectioner’s sugar, and the hand’s sleeve was green and black plaid. It was lovely.

But by the time it got to your house, it was a “Do you like apples? Well, I destroyed your cake on the 72 bus on the way over. How do you like THEM apples?” Apple Cake, with frosting mash. It was a literal cake wreck. I cried a little, just like I did the first time I saw Good Will Hunting.  Still tasted good, though.

Happy Birthday, Blog Will Hunting!


"Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, and Brian" Chocolate Cake
"Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, and Brian" yellow birthday cake with chocolate frosting and cupcakes

Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, and Brian Cake

Thanks to cake creator Katherine, who ran into some cake-making issues, primarily fitting all Will’s fictional brothers onto one cake, explaining “I had to resort to cupcakes. Also, there was a giant sinkhole in ‘Danny’ that I could not, for the life of me, fix… no matter how much frosting i filled it with, it kept sinking in.”


And finally, to all you cake-makers and blog-readers…

It's not your  fault!

It's not your fault (the cake)
"It's Not Your Fault" yellow cake with vanilla frosting and red roses icing

Happy Birthday, Blog Will Hunting!