Academy award nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant has always been known to have a diverse collection of deep, thought, provoking character pieces. However, none have been more compared to each other than Good Will Hunting (1997) and Finding Forrester (2000), two films following the coming of age of two young outcasts who are unable and unwilling to apply themselves in school and out of it. However, their lives take a turn for the better when they are suddenly given the care and attention of an unlikely mentor.
Despite being written by two different scriptwriters, the films were largely compared due to the likeness of their themes, the similarity of the direction, and likeness to the mentor-student genre of films.
Check out the scripts below and see for yourself which one stands out from the two: