November 24, 2005

Who's this guy remind me of?

One of my favorite movie "moments" takes place in the Oscar-winning script of "Good Will Hunting." Matt Damon plays a boy genius, but is wary of using his talent to its fullest potential. He and his Boston-area buds (Ben Affleck's "Chuckie" among them) are essentially paycheck-to-paycheck working class dudes who occassionally get into trouble. Anyway, early in the flick, Will and his buds go into a Harvard bar (or, as Affleck's character says, "Hahvahd bah"). Affleck scopes out Minnie Driver at the other end of the bar, and proceeds to "move in." He's promptly interrupted by a Harvard douchebag (named "Clark" -- how many of you knew that?) and his academic "posse" who attempt to make Affleck look like a microcephalic buffoon (which he pretty much is, but he doesn't have to be told that, especially by Harvard a-holes). But in steps genius Will, who completely turns the tables on the douchebag:

Will: You're a first year grad student. You just got finished reading some Marxian historian -- Pete Garrison, probably -- you gunna' be convinced of that till next month when you get to James Lemon, then you're gunna' be talkin' about how the economies of Virginia and Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That's gunna' last until next year, you're gunna' be in here regurgitatin' Gordon Wood. Talkin' about, you know, the pre-Revolutionary Utopia and the capital forming effects of military mobilization ....

Douchebag: Well, as a matter of fact I won't because Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social di--

Will: Wood drastically...Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated upon wealth, especially inherited wealth. You got that from Vickers. Work in Essex County, page 98, right? Yeah, I read that, too. You gunna' plagiarize the whole thing for us? Do you have any thoughts that...of your own on this matter? Or do you-- is that your thing? You come into a bar, you read some obscure passage, and then pretend you, you..pawn it off as your own..as your own idea just to impress some girls..? Embarrass my friend? See, the sad thing about a guy like you is in fifty years you're gunna start doing some thinkin' on your own, and you're gunna' come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don't do that, and, two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuckin' education you coulda' got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.

Douchebag: Yeah, but I will have a degree. and you'll be serving my kids fries at a drive-thru on our way to a skiing trip.

Will: Yeah, maybe. Eh, but at least I won't be unoriginal. Pardon me, if you have a problem like that, you and me could just outside 'n we could figure it out.

Classic! Every time the movie's on, I'll tune in just to catch that sequence. It's one of best verbal thrashings in movie history. (My favorite of all time, however, has to be Alec Baldwin's "dressing down" of Ed Harris and co. in "Glengarry Glen Ross.") Despite the fact that Damon is a fan of Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, a fact which he neatly injects into a brief sequence with co-star Robin Williams, the movie is damn good.

But, back to the title of this post. Hmm, let's see ... what blogger does "Clark" remind me of? (Massages chin with right thumb and index finger...)

Posted by Hube at November 24, 2005 07:22 AM | TrackBack

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Oooooh! Baiting your trolls, now?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Bronwen at November 24, 2005 08:59 AM

F--- You! That's my name!

Posted by: Michner at November 25, 2005 09:59 AM

Just to clarify that last comment: that's from "Glengarry Glen Ross!"

Posted by: Hube at November 25, 2005 10:00 AM

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