I was watching Good Will Hunting for the 200th time recently and I was hit with a thought that I just couldn’t shake.; why didn’t mega genius Will Hunting know who Prof. Lambeau was when he met him in jail? You’d think that based off his photographic memory that allows him to remember every single page he’s ever read and that he works in the building that Lambeau h̶a̶s̶ ̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶T̶A̶ ̶d̶o̶ ̶e̶v̶e̶r̶y̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶l̶e̶ ̶h̶e̶’̶s̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶p̶i̶c̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶u̶p̶ ̶c̶o̶l̶l̶e̶g̶e̶ ̶g̶i̶r̶l̶s̶ teaches at that he would of known who he was. And there’s also the fact that Lambeau has won the Field’s Medal for math, which is only given out every 4 years. You’d have to think that somewhere in his time of reading every book ever written that Will would of read a page containing all of the winners of the Fields Medal thus knowing who Lambeau was. And since he would of known who Lambeau was, he would of seen his name somewhere in the MIT building where he washed the floors.
I understand that the manager of maintenance not knowing who Lambeau is but potentially one of the top 6 smartest guys on the planet who just so happens work in his building? I just can’t buy that. I know that the internet doesn’t exist in the movie but still. I find it mind boggling that Will would of never heard of Lambeau. There could of been room for one throwaway line when Lambeau meets Will in jail. Here’s how it could of gone.
Setting- Interrogation room in the jail. Will sits down across from Lambeau
Will Hunting- Who the f@*% are you?
Prof. Lambeau- I’m Professor Gerald Lambeau
Will Hunting- Yeah, I’ve heard of you. Math nerd right?
And that’s it. That’s all it would of taken to put my mind at ease. Is it a big deal? No,not at all. But shame on Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for not thinking about what I’d be thinking about in 2017 back in 1994. Not saying I know anything about making movies that win Oscars, which are like the Noble Peace Prize for movies, but I still will always believe Will Hunting should of known who Prof. Lambeau was.
Bonus Question- Would Will Hunting of called Skylar from jail if caller-id was prevalent?