Movie Review: Goon

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs just around the corner, Goon is just in the time to get you in the hockey mood. This is not your typical sports film with inspiring stories about overcoming impossible odds. This is a movie about the bloody fist fights in minor league hockey. The film was directed by Michael Dowse (It’s All Gone Pete Tong), and written by Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up) and Evan Goldberg (Superbad).

Sean William Scott (or the Stiffmeister from the American Pie movies) is back in a new and hilarious role as Doug Glatt.  The story follows Doug who is a bouncer at a bar in Boston, trying to find his purpose in life. Doug’s only gift is having the ability to knock anyone out, but he is cursed with being the nice guy who cannot land a girlfriend. His father (Eugene Levy) is disappointed in his son for not being smart enough to attend an Ivy League school and follow the family tradition of being a doctor.

One night Doug and his best friend Pete (Jay Baruchel) go to a minor league hockey game and heckle the players as they brawl on the ice. Pete’s heckling gets the attention of one of the players in the penalty box who then climbs out and intends on fighting Pete. Doug stands up for his friend and brutally kicks his ass and gets the crowd and both teams’ attention in the process. The coach sees this and wants his talent on his team despite his nonexistent hockey skills. The coach puts Doug on the ice for one purpose, to brutally hurt the opposing team with his fists. After success as the enforcer in Boston, he gets a chance to play for a professional minor league team in Canada.

The biggest goon of all, Ross ‘The Boss’ Rhea (Liev Shreiber) bears the manliest handlebar mustache, and is the most feared fighter in the league. Ross’s character is nearing the end of his hockey career but he still is the most vicious player on the ice. Ross ‘The Boss’ gets suspended for slashing an opponent in the back of head with his stick just before Doug enters the league. While Ross serves his suspension, he follows Doug’s rise to fame in the league with his brutal fighting reputation. The plot builds up to a bloody, tooth-dismantling, epic battle between the two biggest goons in minor league hockey.

Sean Williams Scott’s character is so awkward in this movie it’s almost cute. He is nicest guy who will punch your teeth out if you deserve it. Hockey fans will love this movie because, let’s face it, fighting is to hockey what home runs are to baseball. Director, Michael Dowse did an excellent job in glorifying what makes hockey so great, and exaggerating the fighting to a point where it is hilariously too bloody. The script in this film is borderline brilliant, and most of the characters drink, smoke, and swear too much which add up to one of the greatest comedies of the year.  If you are looking for a good laugh than look no further than Goon.

by Dan Pritchett

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