Good Will Hunting (1997): “It’s Not Your Fault” | Transcript

Will (Matt Damon) wants to know what's in his file, while Sean (Robin Williams) assures him that the abuse he suffered wasn't his fault.
Good Will Hunting (1997): “It’s Not Your Fault”


Good Will Hunting
Directed by Gus Van Sant

In the emotionally charged climax of Good Will Hunting, Will Hunting (Matt Damon) visits his therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) for the final time. During their session, Sean shares his own traumatic experiences with his abusive, alcoholic father to connect with Will. As Will reveals his own abuse, Sean repeatedly tells him, “It’s not your fault,” breaking through Will’s emotional defenses. Despite Will’s initial resistance and anger, Sean persists, ultimately causing Will to break down and release his pent-up pain, leading to a poignant moment of healing and connection.

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Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is visiting his therapist, Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), for the final time. Sean is holding a folder with Will’s evaluation; the report that will decide his future. Will has just asked Sean if he has had any “experience with that”. Meaning childhood abuse.

Sean: My father was an alcoholic. Mean fuckin’ drunk. He’d come home hammered, lookin’ to whale on somebody. So I’d provoke him so he wouldn’t go after my mother and little brother. Interesting nights were when he wore his rings.

Will: [Opening up] Yeah, he used to just put a, urn, a wrench, a stick and a belt on the table, and just say, “Choose.”

Sean: “Well, I gotta go with the belt there, Vanna.”

Will: I used to go with the wrench.

Sean: Why the wrench?

Will: ’Cause fuck him, that’s why.

Sean: Your foster father?

Will: Yeah. [Beat] So, uh, you know, what is it… like, “Will has an attachment disorder”? Is it all that stuff? [Sean nods] Fear of abandonment. Is that why I… Is that why I broke up with Skylar?

Sean: I didn’t know you had.

Will: Yeah, I did.

Sean: You wanna talk about it?

Will: No.

Sean: [Moving towards Will] Hey, Will… I don’t know a lot. But you see this? All this shit.
[He puts the folder down on a table] It’s not your fault.

Will: [Almost a whisper] Yeah, I know that.

Sean: Look at me, son. It’s not your fault.

Will: I know.

Sean: It’s not your fault.

Will: [Suddenly looking a bit scared] I know.

Sean: No, no, you don’t. It’s not your fault.

He moves closer. Will backs up, uncomfortable.

Will: I know.

Sean: It’s not your fault.

Will: Alright.

Sean: It’s not your fault. [He moves closer. Will can’t look at him] It’s not your fault.

Will: [Crying] Don’t fuck with me.

Sean: It’s not your fault.

Will lashes out at Sean, pushing him back.

Will: Don’t fuck with me, alright? Don’t fuck with me, Sean. Not you!

Sean won’t back down. He moves back in again.

Sean: It’s not your fault.

Will starts sobbing. Sean holds the back of his head, and whispers one last time.

Sean: It’s not your fault.

Will breaks down, and holds Sean as he sobs.

Will: Oh, God! Oh, God, I’m so sorry! Oh, God!

The camera pulls back as Sean and Will continue to embrace.

Sean: Fuck them, okay?


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