Lawrence Bender Is Movie Producer Extraordinaire

Until today, I had been completely unaware that Lawrence Bender was involved in some of my favorite movies. I have always related to the main character in Good Will Hunting, it is one of the few movies I can watch over and over. I’m also a big fan of Quentin Tarantino, and Lawrence Bender has produced several of his best movies.

Next to Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction is a cult classic film as well and, for me, was ahead of its time in terms of the use of timelines. Overall, the action scenes and storylines were powerfully executed in these movies.

Quentin Tarantino especially has a flare for bold storytelling, and Lawrence Bender has been involved with Tarantino movies since Reservoir Dogs in 1992. He is also a documentarian – Bender won an Academy Award for An Inconvenient Truth, a film intended to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change. Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction were both nominated for Academy Awards.

Another pleasant surprise about this producer is that, in addition to producing iconic movies, he is also a philanthropist and an environmentalist. Bender has a very diverse background. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1979 with a degree in civil engineering and Lawrence Bender is currently the Dean of Harvard’s JFK School of Government.

This man truly walks the walk, and is even the director of CleanSource Power, LLC, a company focused on clean energy. Their Crunchbase division operates solar panels. Lawrence has been on the cutting edge of environmental activism since going after the SUV industry in 2003. He is one of the founders of the environmental group, Detroit Project.

A Decade of Smiles, A Lifetime of Laughs


“Funny” is a personal taste. What one thinks funny, another finds dumb. The 1980’s gave us some classic humor, films that continue to tickle the nostalgic funny bone. Caddyshack and Airplane kicked off the ‘80’s in a big way! Parody films such as Airplane would be an ‘80’s staple as Spaceballs and The Naked Gun made their way to the theater. Stripes, Ghostbusters, Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off also introduced major laughter to the general public. The ‘80’s truly gave us many funny films as well as many classic lines from these movies.


But how do you determine the most absolute hilarious 90s comedies ever made? If parody is your thing, how can you not find funny in Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein. Silly funny such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Animal House, even Old School or The Wedding Crashers. Perhaps you prefer the gross out humor of There’s Something About Mary, The Hangover, or even Borat. The choices are endless. Is it a favorite actor or actress that makes you smile? Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber or Ace Ventura. Steve Martin in The Jerk. Chris Farley in Tommy Boy. Again, funny can be quite personal. There is no shortage for funny, the only limit on it is what you are willing to smile at. There are a lot of other stoner movies on Netflix that are worth checking out too, if you need some laughs with your muchies.