Matt Damon Says His Kids Won’t Watch This One Movie of His

Matt Damon’s kids aren’t that impressed by their dad’s career in Hollywood. So much so they won’t watch one of his most famous movies. In fact, Damon’s four daughters have only watched two of their dad’s movies. 

Damon, 41, is a stepdad to Alexia Barroso, 20, and shares Isabella Damon, 13, Stella Damon, 9, Gia Damon, 11 with his wife, Luciana Barroso

Matt Damon at SiriusXM studios on Nov. 4, 2019
Matt Damon at SiriusXM studios on Nov. 4, 2019 | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Damon’s kids won’t watch ‘Good Will Hunting’

During a Nov. 2019 interview with People, the actor who just got tattoos in honor of his daughters told the publication they won’t watch Good Will Hunting, a film he starred in alongside his close friend and fellow actor, Ben Affleck. The duo wrote the screenplay for the movie which earned them both their first Oscar.

“It’s total resistance,” Damon said about trying to get his daughters to watch the 1997 film. “I am kind of trying to force them, it’s not working. I’m like, ‘Are you sure you don’t want to see Good Will Hunting? You know your dad and Uncle Ben wrote it, right?’” 

According to Damon when he makes the suggestion he’s met with comments like, “‘Yeah, dad, I know.’” 

“It’s like, ‘Nope,’” he added. 

He continued, saying he expects his children will watch Good Will Hunting “one of these days.”

Damon and Affleck starred in the movie along with Robin Williams, Minnie Driver, and Stellan Skarsgård. Williams earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor — his one and only Academy Award win — thanks to his performance as a therapist in the movie. 

Go back to the 1998 Academy Awards and watch Damon and Affleck’s heartwarming Oscars acceptance speech below: 

Watch Williams’s acceptance speech here: 

His daughters have seen ‘The Martian’ and ‘Ford v Ferrari’

So, what movies of Damon’s have his kids actually seen? Movies he didn’t expect. 

“You know what they did see is The Martian, which was odd, I never was going to show it to them because I felt like it was kind of a movie for [adults],” he said. “But their classmates had seen it and so other parents at the school were saying, ‘Oh my daughter loved it.’”

Released in 2015, Damon played an astronaut stranded on Mars fighting to survive. Not only did The Martian win a Golden Globe for Best Picture in 2016, but Damon’s performance in the space drama also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. 

The father of four remembered playing the movie for his daughters at home and making sure his youngest knew his injuries on screen were pretend. 

“I put it on for the kids at home,” Damon recalled. “It had come out on iTunes so I downloaded it and put it on. I narrated the first 20 minutes because my youngest daughter was still pretty young and [in the beginning] I have that hole in my stomach from the antennae,” he said. 

“She was probably six, or seven at the time. Like, ‘Oh look at that fake stomach. You know how dad did that?’ I hit ‘Pause’ and kind of walked them through that and then they watched it,” he continued. 

The Martian had been the only movie of Damon’s his kids had watched until the release of Ford v Ferrari on Nov. 15, 2019. According to the actor, his daughters only watched the movie because “they came to the premiere.” 

“So, that was cool. So, they’ve seen two of them,” he said. 


Here’s hoping Damon’s daughters one day watch his other films such as Ocean’s 11 or Saving Private Ryan.