Local news network NECN is exploring the sites of iconic Boston movie scenes, and headed to the L Street Tavern this week. It’s pretty charming to hear from the perspective of the bar’s owner. She fondly recalls shutting down the street for a black tie Oscars party the night Good Will Hunting contended, refers to the movie as “we,” and remembers Robin Williams famously saluting the people of South Boston (“you’re a can of corn!”) in his Oscar speech.
Maybe I keep watching that video, thinking about how I grew to love baseball and the Red Sox alongside Kevin Youkilis’s nine-year career here. Maybe I’ve been thinking about my first ever Red Sox game—the week Youk was called up from the minors for the first time—and how I picked him, the scrappy rookie, to be my favorite. Yes, he was myfavorite guy.
Commencement season has come and gone, and as always, this one was ripe with Good Will Hunting references, most notably the “real life ‘Good Will Hunting'” janitor who graduated from Columbia with honors.
And for a commencement speech, especially in this town, a Good Will Hunting reference is the obvious go-to. Amy Poehler circled around one in her Harvard Class Day address last year, but this year Andy Samburg went right for it. Within 30 seconds, boom! (Including the introduction, it comes in at about the 3:15 mark.) And lots of The Social Network references too, just to sweeten the deal.
Follow along with @blogwillhunting as we enjoy every minute of the classic film together. Join the conversation with #GWHLive.
If “How do you like them apples” isn’t trending by 2:23pm we haven’t done our job.
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