Discover the power of potential and the beauty of love in this unforgettable drama.
Will Hunting had always known that he was different. He had a gift, a natural ability for math that had never been fully understood or developed. As a child, he had struggled to fit in, feeling isolated and alone. But he had never been able to fully articulate why he felt that way. It wasn’t until he was an adult that he finally understood the root of his problems.
Chapter One: The Janitor
Will spent his days cleaning up after the students at MIT. He was a janitor, but he wasn’t just any janitor. He was a genius with an IQ that was off the charts. But he had never used his gift for anything other than solving puzzles in his head.
As he worked his way through the halls, emptying trash cans and wiping down desks, he couldn’t help but overhear the conversations of the students around him. They talked about calculus and physics and other subjects that were far beyond his understanding. But he could follow along, at least to some extent.
One day, as he was cleaning a classroom, he noticed a problem written on the whiteboard. It was a graduate-level math problem, one that was meant to challenge the brightest minds at the university. But for Will, it was child’s play.
Without thinking, he grabbed a marker and began to work out the solution. Within minutes, he had solved the problem, something that had stumped the best and brightest at MIT.
When Professor Gerald Lambeau walked into the classroom, he was shocked to see Will standing at the board, grinning from ear to ear. Lambeau had heard about the janitor with the genius-level IQ, but he had never seen him in action.
“Good job, Will,” Lambeau said, studying the solution on the board. “You’re quite the math whiz, aren’t you?”
Will shrugged, trying to downplay his accomplishment. “It was easy,” he said. “I just saw the answer in my head.”
Lambeau wasn’t satisfied with that answer. He knew that he had stumbled onto something special, something that could change the course of Will’s life.
“Listen, Will,” Lambeau said, putting his hand on Will’s shoulder. “You have a gift, one that shouldn’t be wasted. I think we can do great things together. How would you like to work with me? We can help you reach your full potential.”
Will was skeptical. He had heard it all before, people promising him the world and then abandoning him when things got tough. But something about Lambeau’s sincerity struck a chord with him.
“Okay,” Will said, a hint of a smile on his lips. “I’ll give it a shot.”
And with that, Will’s life was forever changed.
Chapter Two: The Mentor
Will was cleaning the hallway of the mathematics department at MIT when Professor Gerald Lambeau approached him. “Excuse me, do you work here?” asked the professor, his eyes fixed on Will.
Will was taken aback by the question. No one ever paid him much attention before, let alone a high-profile professor like Lambeau. “Uh, yeah, I’m the janitor,” Will replied, trying to sound nonchalant.
Lambeau’s eyes widened. “You’re the janitor?” he asked incredulously. “What’s your name?”
“Will Hunting,” replied Will.
Lambeau smiled. “I’m Professor Lambeau. I’m in charge of the math department here at MIT. I believe you might have a gift for math, Will.”
Will gave the professor a confused look. “What do you mean?” he asked.
“I mean, when you’re not cleaning up, do you ever spend any time looking at the math textbooks or working on equations?”
Will shook his head. “Nah, I don’t really have much use for it. I just do my job and leave.”
Lambeau furrowed his brow. “Well, what if I told you that you’re wasting your talent? What if I told you that you’re capable of solving problems that no one else at this university can?”
Will shrugged. “I don’t know what you’re talking about, Professor. I’m just a janitor.”
Lambeau sighed. “Will, you have a genius-level IQ. You’re capable of understanding and solving complex mathematical problems that most people can’t even begin to comprehend. I’ve been looking for someone like you for a long time. Someone with raw talent, but no formal education. Someone who can think outside the box.”
Will shifted uncomfortably. He wasn’t used to being praised or given attention like this. “I don’t really know what to say, Professor. I mean, I appreciate the compliment, but I don’t think I’m cut out for all that fancy stuff.”
Lambeau leaned in closer to Will. “Listen to me, Will. You have a rare gift. It would be a shame to let it go to waste. I want to help you. I want to nurture your talent and help you reach your full potential.”
Will looked at Lambeau skeptically. “What’s the catch?” he asked.
Lambeau chuckled. “No catch, Will. I just want to help you. I want to see you succeed. I’ll even pay for your education if that’s what it takes.”
Will scratched his head. “I don’t know, Professor. I mean, I appreciate the offer, but I’m not sure I’m ready for all that.”
Lambeau put a hand on Will’s shoulder. “Will, you have a rare opportunity here. Don’t throw it away. Take a chance. You never know where it might lead.”
Will thought about it for a moment. He had never been given an opportunity like this before. He had always been on his own, fending for himself. But something about the professor’s words resonated with him. He had always felt like he was capable of more, but he never had the means or the support to achieve it. Maybe Lambeau was right. Maybe he had been wasting his talent all these years.
“All right,” he said finally. “I’ll give it a shot.”
Lambeau smiled. “Excellent. I’ll set up some meetings with some of the instructors here at MIT. They’ll be able to give you some guidance and direction. And don’t worry about the cost. I’ll take care of everything. Just focus on your studies and let me know if you need anything.”
Will nodded, feeling a sense of excitement and trepidation at the same time. He wasn’t sure what he was getting himself into, but he couldn’t shake the feeling that this was the opportunity of a lifetime. With Lambeau’s help, maybe he could finally reach his full potential.
Chapter Three: The Therapist
Will sat in the small office, his arms crossed defensively over his chest. He didn’t want to be here – therapy was for the weak, for people who couldn’t handle their problems on their own. But Professor Lambeau had made it clear: therapy or jail time.
He glanced around the room, taking in the bookshelves, the diplomas on the wall, the comfortable armchair across from him. This was Sean Maguire’s office, the man who was supposed to “fix” him.
Will wasn’t sure he wanted to be fixed.
There was a knock on the door, and Sean Maguire entered the room. He was a burly man with a thick Boston accent, his face weathered by years of hard living. Will couldn’t imagine him being able to help anyone, let alone him.
“Good afternoon, Will,” Sean said, settling into the armchair. “I’m Sean. Let’s start by talking about why you’re here.”
Will shrugged. “I got into a fight with a cop. Lambeau said I could either go to jail or come see you.”
“And why did you get into a fight with a cop?”
Will rolled his eyes. “Because he was hassling me. Wanted to know why I was walking down the street at two in the morning. I told him to mind his own damn business.”
Sean leaned forward, his eyes intense. “But why were you walking down the street at two in the morning? What were you thinking about?”
Will shrugged again. “Nothing in particular. Just walking.”
Sean didn’t seem satisfied with that answer. He leaned back in his chair, studying Will carefully. “You’re a janitor at MIT, right?”
“And yet, you have the ability to solve complex math problems that even the best minds at MIT can’t solve. Why do you think that is?”
Will shifted uncomfortably in his seat. He didn’t like talking about his abilities – they had never done him any good before. “I don’t know. It just comes naturally to me, I guess.”
Sean nodded, but Will could tell he wasn’t satisfied. “You’re a smart guy, Will. But you’re also angry. You’re angry at the world, at the people who have hurt you. And that anger is holding you back.”
Will felt a surge of anger at Sean’s words. Who was this guy to tell him what he was feeling? He clenched his fists, ready to lash out.
But then he saw something in Sean’s eyes – a glimmer of understanding, of empathy. It was disconcerting, to say the least. He had never met anyone who seemed to understand him like this.
“Look,” Sean said, leaning forward again. “I’m not here to judge you, Will. I’m here to help you. But I can’t do that if you’re not willing to open up to me. So tell me – what’s really bothering you?”
Will hesitated for a moment, then sighed. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to talk to someone. Maybe Sean could help him, after all.
So he started to talk. He talked about his childhood, about growing up in South Boston with an abusive father and a neglectful mother. He talked about how he had taught himself math as a way to escape his miserable life. He talked about how he had never felt like he belonged anywhere.
And as he talked, something strange started to happen. He felt a weight lifting off his shoulders, a sense of relief that he had never felt before. Maybe Sean was onto something, after all.
When he left the office an hour later, Will felt something he hadn’t felt in a long time – a glimmer of hope. Maybe, just maybe, things could get better.
Chapter Four: The Childhood
Will sat opposite Sean, his face filled with a mixture of fear and dread. He knew what Sean was going to ask him, and the thought of confronting his traumatic past filled him with a sense of foreboding.
“Tell me about your childhood, Will,” Sean said gently, his voice soothing and calm.
Will shifted in his seat, his hands clasped tightly together. “It wasn’t great,” he said, his voice barely above a whisper. “My dad was an abusive alcoholic, and my mom did nothing to stop it.”
Sean nodded, his expression sympathetic. “I’m sorry, Will. That must have been incredibly hard for you.”
Will shrugged, trying to hide his emotions. “I guess I just learned to deal with it,” he said, his voice low and emotionless.
Sean leaned forward, his eyes fixed on Will’s. “But you shouldn’t have had to deal with it, Will. You were just a child. It wasn’t your fault.”
Will looked up at Sean, his eyes filled with pain. “I know that now,” he said, his voice breaking. “But back then, I just felt so alone.”
“Tell me more, Will,” Sean urged gently. “Let it out.”
And so Will began to talk, the words tumbling out of him in a rush. He spoke of the beatings he’d endured, the nights spent hiding in his room, listening to his parents’ screams. He spoke of the fear and helplessness that had consumed him, the sense of being trapped in a world he couldn’t control.
Sean listened intently, his gaze never leaving Will’s face. As he spoke, he began to see the pain etched into Will’s features, the haunted look in his eyes.
“It’s okay, Will,” he said softly. “You don’t have to hold onto this pain anymore. We can work through it together.”
Will nodded, his eyes filled with tears. “I want to be able to move past it,” he said, his voice barely audible. “But it’s so damn hard.”
“I know,” Sean said, his voice filled with compassion. “But it’s worth it, Will. Trust me.”
And so they began the work of unpacking Will’s past, delving deep into the traumas that had shaped him into the troubled young man he was today. It wasn’t easy, and there were moments when Will wanted to give up – when the memories became too painful to bear. But Sean was always there, a steady presence in the storm, guiding Will through the darkness and into the light.
As the sessions went on, Will began to feel a sense of release, a weight lifting from his shoulders as he confronted his demons head-on. He wasn’t sure if he would ever fully heal from the scars of his past, but he knew that with Sean’s help, he had a chance at a brighter future.
Chapter Five: The Romance
Will couldn’t believe his luck. He had just met Skylar, a beautiful and intelligent Harvard student, and she seemed genuinely interested in him. Despite his reservations about opening up to someone, Will found himself warming up to her more each day.
Skylar was unlike anyone he had ever met. She wasn’t intimidated by his genius-level IQ or his troubled past. Instead, she saw the real Will, the one beneath the tough exterior he had built up over the years. And it wasn’t just her beauty and intelligence that attracted Will, but her warmth and kindness as well.
As their relationship blossomed, Will found himself falling harder and harder for Skylar. They spent hours talking about everything from politics to philosophy, and Will discovered a new passion for life that he hadn’t felt in years. For the first time in a long time, he felt truly happy.
But despite their connection, Will was still scared. He feared that his past would scare Skylar away and that she would see him as the broken and damaged man he saw himself as. And while he tried his best to keep his demons at bay, they were always there, lurking beneath the surface.
One day, while out on a date with Skylar, Will was confronted by a group of guys from his old neighborhood. They taunted him and called him names, dredging up memories that Will had fought hard to forget. Will tried to brush it off, but the incident left him shaken and vulnerable.
Skylar, sensing that something was wrong, pressed him to open up. Will hesitated at first, but eventually, he broke down and told her about his troubled past. He told her about growing up in Southie, the violence and poverty that surrounded him, and the abusive father who had made his life a living hell.
Skylar listened patiently, offering comfort and support as Will let out years of pent-up emotion. And as he talked, he realized that he didn’t have to carry his burdens alone anymore. He had someone who understood him, someone who could love him for who he was, flaws and all.
From that moment on, Will and Skylar’s relationship grew stronger. They supported each other through thick and thin, and Will finally began to let go of his past and embrace the future. Skylar encouraged him to pursue his dreams, to go back to school and make something of himself.
And as he made progress in therapy, Will found that he wasn’t just in love with Skylar, but with life itself. He saw a future filled with endless possibilities, and he knew that he had the strength and courage to make it a reality.
In the end, it was Skylar who gave Will the courage to confront his darkest demons, to finally let go of the anger and pain that had held him back for so long. And as they stood together, looking towards a bright and promising future, Will knew that he had found not just a lover, but a true partner in life.
Chapter Six: The Breakthrough
Will sat across from Sean in the therapy session, his usually guarded expression replaced with a look of introspection. Sean had been working with him for months, helping him confront the traumas of his past and come to terms with who he was. It had been a long and difficult road, but Will had finally made a breakthrough.
“I don’t know what it is, Sean,” Will said softly. “But something’s different. I don’t feel as angry anymore. It’s like a weight’s been lifted.”
Sean nodded, a small smile playing at the corners of his mouth. “That’s because you’re making progress, Will. You’re finally acknowledging the pain you’ve been carrying for so long and dealing with it.”
Will leaned back in his chair, his eyes scanning the room as he reflected on his journey. “I never realized how much my childhood affected me. I always thought I was just a screw-up, that it was all my fault. But now I see that it goes deeper than that.”
“It’s not your fault, Will,” Sean reassured him. “You were dealt a tough hand, and you’ve been doing the best you can with what you have. But now you have the tools to move forward.”
Will nodded slowly, his gaze still fixed on some spot on the wall. “I just wish I could go back and change things. Maybe then I wouldn’t be so messed up.”
Sean leaned forward, his eyes locking onto Will’s. “But then you wouldn’t be who you are today. You wouldn’t have the same depth of knowledge and experiences that make you unique. You wouldn’t be the Will Hunting that I know and respect.”
Will’s expression softened, and for a moment, Sean saw a glimmer of something extraordinary in his eyes. “You really believe in me, don’t you?”
“Of course I do,” Sean replied without hesitation. “You have a gift, Will. A rare and incredible talent. But it’s not just your intellect that makes you special. It’s your heart, your resilience, your determination to overcome even the toughest obstacles. That’s what sets you apart.”
Will smiled, a genuine expression of happiness spreading across his face. “Thank you, Sean. I never knew I could feel this way before. It’s like the world is finally starting to make sense.”
Sean smiled back, feeling a sense of pride and joy at Will’s progress. “You deserve to be happy, Will. And with a little more work, you’ll get there. I have no doubt.”
As the therapy session came to an end, Will stood up and shook Sean’s hand. “Thanks, again, Sean. I never thought I’d find someone who believed in me like you do.”
Sean clapped a gentle hand on Will’s shoulder. “Anytime, my friend. Anytime.”
Chapter Seven: The Setback
Just as things are starting to look up for Will, he suffers a heartbreaking setback. Skylar is accepted to a medical school in California, and Will is faced with the prospect of losing the love of his life.
Will had never believed in love at first sight until he met Skylar. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew she was the one. They had been dating for several months and things were going well. He had opened up to her about his past, and she had accepted him for who he was. They had talked about the future together, and Will had even started to imagine a life with her.
But now, Skylar had been accepted to a medical school in California. It was a dream come true for her, but for Will, it was a nightmare. He couldn’t imagine being without her, and the thought of a long-distance relationship filled him with dread. He had never been good at long-distance, and he feared that he would lose her.
He tried to be supportive of her dreams, but the more he thought about it, the more he realized that he couldn’t let her go. He didn’t want to be the reason she turned down the opportunity of a lifetime, but he also couldn’t imagine a future without her.
As the days passed, Will became more and more withdrawn. He stopped going to therapy and ignored Sean’s calls. He couldn’t bear to talk about what was happening. He felt lost and alone, and he didn’t know what to do.
One night, he went to a bar and started drinking. He wanted to forget about everything for a while, to numb the pain. But the more he drank, the more the pain intensified. He started seeing Skylar everywhere, and he couldn’t bear the thought of being without her.
As the night wore on, Will’s behavior became more erratic. He got into a fight with another patron and was thrown out of the bar. On his way home, he stumbled and fell, hitting his head on the pavement. He blacked out and woke up in the hospital.
Sean was there when he woke up, and he was not happy. He gave Will a stern lecture about his behavior and reminded him of all the progress he had made. Will felt ashamed and embarrassed, but he also knew that Sean was right.
Over the next few days, Will tried to pull himself together. He knew he needed to talk to Skylar and figure out what to do. He had to put aside his fears and trust that their love was strong enough to withstand the distance.
He finally worked up the courage to call her, and they talked for hours. They both cried and laughed and reminisced about their time together. Skylar told him that she loved him and that she wanted to try to make the long-distance thing work.
Will felt a weight lift off his shoulders. He realized that he had been so caught up in his own fears that he had forgotten about her dreams and aspirations. He knew that he couldn’t hold her back, but he also knew that he couldn’t lose her.
And so, they made a plan. Will would finish his degree at MIT and then move to California to be with Skylar. It wouldn’t be easy, but they were both committed to making it work.
Will felt a renewed sense of hope and purpose. He knew that he had a bright future ahead of him, and he was determined to make the most of it. With Skylar by his side, he felt like he could conquer the world.
Chapter Eight: The Turning Point
Will was in a dark place. He had lost Skylar, the love of his life, and he didn’t know how to move forward. He was falling back into old habits, drinking too much, and lashing out at those around him. Sean had tried to help, but it seemed like nothing was getting through to Will.
One day, Sean had had enough. He confronted Will, telling him that he was wasting his life and that he needed to take responsibility for his actions. Will was taken aback by Sean’s harsh words, but they resonated with him. He realized that he had been blaming everyone else for his problems instead of taking control of his own life.
Sean didn’t let up. He pushed Will harder than ever before, making him confront his demons head-on. Will was resistant at first, but soon he began to see the value in what Sean was teaching him. He realized that he had to change if he wanted to have a future.
Will started going to therapy more regularly, and he began to work on himself. He apologized to those he had hurt, and he made amends where he could. He started exercising, eating healthier, and taking better care of himself. He even joined a support group for men dealing with issues similar to his own.
Slowly but surely, Will began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. He started to feel hopeful about the future. He realized that he was capable of achieving great things, but that he had to believe in himself first.
One day, during a therapy session, Sean asked Will what he wanted out of life. Will thought about it for a moment, and then he replied, “I want to make a difference. I want to use my intelligence to help others.” It was the first time that Will had ever voiced his true ambitions out loud, and it felt liberating.
Sean smiled at him. “That’s wonderful, Will. And I know you can do it. But you have to keep working on yourself. You have to keep pushing yourself to be better.”
Will nodded. He knew that Sean was right. He still had a long way to go, but he was no longer afraid of the journey. He was ready to face whatever challenges lay ahead.
As he left the therapy session that day, Will felt a weight lifted off his shoulders. He knew that he still had a lot of work to do, but he also knew that he was up to the task. He was ready to create a new life for himself, one that was filled with hope, love, and purpose.
And as he stepped out into the bright sunshine, he felt a sense of gratitude for all that Sean had done for him. He knew that without Sean’s tough love, he might still be lost in the darkness. But now, thanks to Sean’s guidance, he was on the path to a brighter tomorrow.
Chapter Nine: The Future
Will sat in his office at MIT, surrounded by books and papers. His nameplate read “Dr. William Hunting, Professor of Mathematics.” It was a far cry from the days when he worked as a janitor, but he never forgot where he came from.
He gazed out the window, lost in thought. The memories of his therapy sessions with Sean flooded back, and he smiled. Sean had changed his life in ways he could never have imagined.
Will’s mind drifted to Skylar. Even though they had gone their separate ways, he still thought about her often. He wondered where she was and what she was doing. He knew that he would never forget her.
As he sat there, lost in thought, his phone rang. It was Sean.
“Hey, Will. It’s been a while. How are you doing?”
“I’m doing well, Sean. How about you?”
“I’m retired now, but I’m keeping busy.”
“That’s great to hear. I was just thinking about you, actually.”
“You were? What about?”
“About how much you changed my life. I don’t know where I’d be without you.”
“You did most of the work, Will. I just pointed you in the right direction.”
“I know, but you were there for me when I needed you. I’ll never forget that.”
There was a pause on the other end of the line before Sean spoke again.
“Will, there’s something I need to tell you. Something I should have told you a long time ago.”
“What is it, Sean?”
“Skylar passed away last year. Cancer. She fought it for a long time, but in the end, it was too much.”
Will felt his heart drop. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
“I’m so sorry, Sean. I had no idea.”
“I know. I wanted to tell you in person, but I figured it was better to rip the band-aid off. I didn’t want you to hear it from someone else.”
“I appreciate it, Sean. And I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.”
“Of course, Will. You’ll always be one of the most important people in my life.”
The call ended, and Will sat there, heart heavy. The news of Skylar’s passing hit him hard. He thought about all the time they had spent together, all the memories they had created. He wished he could go back in time, to relive those moments and hold her again.
But as he sat there, lost in thought, he realized something. Skylar may be gone, but the memories they shared would never die. And Sean was right – he had come so far since their therapy sessions. He had overcome his past, and he had a bright future ahead of him.
He picked up a pen and began to write, pouring out his thoughts and feelings onto the page. As he wrote, he realized that he had a story to tell, a story of love and loss, of triumph and redemption. It was a story that needed to be shared.
And so, Will Hunting, once a troubled janitor, now a respected professor, began to write his first novel. He knew that it would be a long and difficult journey, but he was ready for it. He was ready to share his story with the world.
As he wrote, he thought about Skylar and Sean, the two people who had changed his life forever. He knew that they were with him, in spirit, guiding him on this new journey.
And as Will Hunting wrote his story, he knew that he was finally free. Free from his past, free to embrace his future, and free to tell the world his story.
Some scenes from the movie Good Will Hunting written by A.I.
EXT. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) – DAY
We open on the bustling campus of MIT. Students and faculty are walking around, some in a hurry, others taking their time.
INT. MIT – DAY
We see a young man, WILL HUNTING (20s), mopping floors in an empty hallway. He’s wearing a janitor’s uniform and has a bored expression on his face.
Suddenly, Will’s eyes light up as he sees an unsolved math problem on the chalkboard. He approaches the board, studying the problem.
INT. CLASSROOM – DAY
We see PROFESSOR GERALD LAMBEAU (40s) teaching a graduate-level math course. He’s a distinguished man with salt-and-pepper hair.
INT. MIT – DAY
Will is now scribbling on the chalkboard, solving the problem with ease. Lambeau walks into the hallway and sees Will’s solution.
Who are you?
I’m the janitor.
Lambeau is intrigued by Will’s genius and decides to help him reach his full potential.
Setting: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
1. Will Hunting – A janitor at MIT with a genius-level IQ but a troubled past.
2. Professor Gerald Lambeau – A renowned mathematician at MIT with a passion for mentoring young talent.
3. Professor Lambeau’s colleagues – A group of talented academics who are skeptical of Will’s abilities.
4. MIT students – Bright young minds who are unaware of the genius working among them.
Scene 2: The Mentor
INT. MIT – PROFESSOR LAMBEAU’S OFFICE – DAY
Professor Gerald Lambeau sits behind his desk, poring over stacks of papers. He looks up and sees Will Hunting standing awkwardly in the doorway.
Ah, Mr. Hunting. Come in, come in.
Will steps inside, looking nervous.
PROFESSOR LAMBEAU (CONT’D)
Please, have a seat.
Will takes a chair opposite Professor Lambeau.
PROFESSOR LAMBEAU (CONT’D)
I’ve been hearing some interesting things about you, Will.
Will looks at him, surprised.
Oh? What kind of things?
That you’re a janitor here at MIT, but your IQ is off the charts. That you have a natural ability for math, and that you’ve solved problems that even my colleagues haven’t been able to crack.
Will looks at him, skeptical.
And you believe all that?
I do. And I’d like to offer you a chance to prove it.
Will looks at him, intrigued.
PROFESSOR LAMBEAU (CONT’D)
I’m working on a problem right now that has stumped the best minds in the field. And I think you might be able to solve it.
Will leans forward, his interest piqued.
Deadly serious. I believe that you have a gift, Will. And I don’t want to see it go to waste.
Will smiles, suddenly realizing that his life might be about to change in ways he never imagined.
– Will Hunting: A troubled but brilliant janitor at MIT.
– Sean Maguire: A therapist who helps Will confront his past.
– Skylar: A Harvard student who falls in love with Will.
– Professor Gerald Lambeau: A professor who discovers Will’s talent for math.
The scene takes place in Sean Maguire’s office, which is a small but cozy space filled with books and art. Will sits on the couch, looking around nervously.
Scene 3: The Therapist
INT. SEAN MAGUIRE’S OFFICE – DAY
Will sits on the couch, fidgeting with his hands. Sean sits across from him, looking at him with a gentle expression.
SEAN: So, Will, tell me what’s been bothering you lately.
WILL: (sighs) I don’t know, man. I just feel like I’m stuck.
SEAN: Stuck how?
WILL: Like, I got all these ideas in my head, but I don’t know how to make them real, you know?
SEAN: You mean you feel like you’re not living up to your potential?
WILL: (nods) Yeah, something like that.
SEAN: Well, let me ask you something. What do you want to do with your life?
WILL: (shrugs) I don’t know. Maybe be a math teacher or something.
SEAN: (smirks) “Or something”? Come on, Will, you can do better than that.
WILL: (rolls his eyes) What do you want me to say? I’m just a janitor, man.
SEAN: You’re not just a janitor, Will. You’re a genius. And if you want to be a math teacher, you can do that. But have you thought about doing something bigger? Something that could change the world?
Will looks at him, skeptical.
WILL: Like what?
SEAN: Like tackling some of the biggest problems facing humanity. Climate change. Poverty. Disease. You have the intellect to make a real impact, Will.
Will looks down, deep in thought.
SEAN: (continues) But first, we need to get you in a better headspace. We need to work through some of the issues holding you back.
Will nods, knowing that Sean is right.
WILL: Okay. Let’s do this.
The camera pans out as Sean and Will continue their therapy session, the sound of the gentle piano music playing in the background.
INT. SEAN’S OFFICE – DAY
Sean sits across from Will, who looks uncomfortable and agitated.
Let’s talk about your childhood. I want to understand what’s been holding you back.
Why does that matter? It’s in the past.
It matters because it’s shaped who you are today. You can’t move forward until you make peace with your past.
Will shifts in his seat, clearly uncomfortable.
Fine. My dad was an abusive drunk. My mom left when I was a kid. Happy now?
I’m sorry to hear that. That must have been tough.
Tough doesn’t even begin to describe it. You have no idea what it’s like to grow up like that.
Actually, I do. My own father was an abusive alcoholic. I used to think it was my fault, that I wasn’t good enough. But I’ve come to realize that it had nothing to do with me. It was all about him and his own issues.
Will looks at Sean in a new light, surprised to find that they have something in common.
I never thought about it like that before. Maybe you’re right.
I know I’m right. And together, we can work through this.
Will looks at Sean with a newfound sense of hope. Maybe, just maybe, he can finally let go of the pain of his past and move forward.
INT. THERAPIST’S OFFICE – DAY
Sean and Will sit across from each other in the therapist’s office.
So, tell me about this girl.
(Smiling) Her name is Skylar. She’s a Harvard student, and she’s beautiful.
And how do you feel about her?
I don’t know. I mean, I really like her, but I don’t think I’m good enough for her.
Why do you say that?
(Sighing) Look at me, Sean. I’m a janitor. I’ve got a criminal record. I’m nothing compared to the guys she’s used to.
(Smiling) Will, don’t sell yourself short. You’re a brilliant mind. You’re capable of great things.
(Skeptical) Great things? Like what?
(Breaking eye contact) Like love.
Will takes a moment to process Sean’s words.
(Laughing) Love? Sean, you sound like a Hallmark card.
(Smiling) Well, maybe I am. But the truth is, Will, you deserve love. And if Skylar sees in you what I see, then that’s all that matters.
Will sits back in his chair, lost in thought. He’s not sure if he’s ready to take Sean’s advice, but he knows one thing for sure: he wants to see more of Skylar.
INT. THERAPIST’S OFFICE – DAY
Will sits in a chair, staring at the floor. Sean sits across from him, patiently waiting for Will to speak.
It’s been a few minutes, Will. How are you doing today?
I don’t know, Sean. I’m trying, but it just feels like everything is falling apart.
What’s going on?
It’s Skylar. She got accepted to a medical school in California, and I don’t know what to do.
Why don’t you want her to go?
I do want her to go. I want her to have everything she’s ever wanted. But I don’t want her to leave me behind.
That’s understandable, but sometimes we have to let people go so they can grow.
Will looks up at Sean, a tear rolling down his cheek.
I’m just so scared, Sean. I don’t know if I can make it without her.
You can. You’re stronger than you think, Will. You just have to believe in yourself.
Will takes a deep breath and nods.
Thank you, Sean. I needed to hear that.
That’s what I’m here for, Will.
They sit in silence for a moment, the weight of the conversation heavy in the air.
Okay, let’s try something. I want you to close your eyes and picture yourself in five years. Where do you see yourself?
Will closes his eyes, and we see a montage of his future accomplishments – graduating from college, publishing a paper in a prestigious journal, receiving an award for his work.
I see myself happy. And successful.
That’s a good place to start. Now let’s figure out how to get you there.
The camera zooms out as Sean and Will continue their conversation, the sun setting outside the window.
INT. WILL’S APARTMENT – DAY
Will is sitting on the couch, staring blankly at the TV. He hasn’t left his apartment in days, and it’s starting to show. The place is a mess, with empty beer bottles and pizza boxes scattered around.
The doorbell rings, but Will doesn’t even flinch. It rings again, more insistent this time. Finally, he drags himself off the couch and shuffles to the door.
When he opens it, he sees Skylar standing there, looking worried.
Will, what’s going on? I’ve been calling and texting you, but you’re not responding.
I don’t know. I just…can’t.
Skylar steps inside and looks around, taking in the mess.
Jesus, Will. What’s happened to you?
I don’t know. I guess…I guess I’m just not good enough for you.
Skylar’s expression softens, and she takes Will’s hand.
Will, you know that’s not true. I love you, flaws and all.
Will looks at her, eyes brimming with tears.
I love you too, Skylar. But I don’t want to hold you back. You deserve someone better than me.
(shaking her head)
Don’t be ridiculous. I don’t want anyone else. I just want you to be happy.
(struggling to hold back tears)
I’m trying, Skylar. I really am. But it’s hard.
Skylar hugs him tightly, holding him close.
I know it is. But you’re not alone. I’m here for you, no matter what.
Will holds onto her, feeling a flicker of hope for the first time in days.
Thank you, Skylar. I needed to hear that.
Skylar smiles at him, brushing a tear from his cheek.
I’m not going anywhere. We’ll get through this together.
The two of them hold each other, lost in the moment. It’s a small glimmer of hope in the midst of all the darkness.