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Goon (2011)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Sport
  • Release Date: 6 January 2012 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 92 min
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  • IMDb page: Goon (2011)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 7,152 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Sport
  • Release Date: 6 January 2012 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Filming Location: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
  • Director: Michael Dowse
  • Stars: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill
  • Original Music By: Ramachandra Borcar (original music by)  
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Hockey | Bouncer | Team | Misfit | Interrupted Sex

Writing Credits By:

  • Jay Baruchel (screenplay) &
  • Evan Goldberg (screenplay)
  • Adam Frattasio (novel "Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey") &
  • Doug Smith (novel "Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey")

Known Trivia

  • Kevin Smith originally cast ‘Sean William Scott’ as the main character, a goon called Buddy McKraken, in the hockey-themed movie Hit Somebody. In November 2010, Smith announced in his podcast Hollywood Babble-On that the role would instead go to Nicholas Braun who worked with him on Red State. Smith had previously worked with William Scott on Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Cop Out.
  • The character of Doug Glatt plays for two teams in the movie: The Orangetown Assassins, who wear orange and black uniforms; and the Halifax Highlanders, whose logo is the letter H with a dot on the right side and wings on the left. Both are allusions to the NHL team Philadelphia Flyers, who have a similar logo and wore a similar style of uniforms in the past.
  • The film is based on the book “Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey” by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith. Footage from Smith’s career as a hockey enforcer is shown during the films credits.
  • Jay Baruchel wanted to adapt the novel into a film after noticing a lack of hockey comedies in recent years.
  • Seann William Scott gained weight for the role of Doug Glatt, as well as taking intensive skating lessons and fighting on ice.
  • In an interview with hockey blog Puck Daddy, Liev Schreiber notes that he was inspired by former hockey enforcer Bob Probert. As an homage to the player, he taped his wrists for the film, just as Probert had done when he played.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: Halifax's home games were filmed at the PCU Centre in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. In some shots, the PCU Centre logo can be seen on the scoreboard. There are also scoreboard advertisements for Meyers Norris Penny, which does not have offices in Atlantic Canada.

Plot: Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.  »

Story: Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

Synopsis

Synopsis: Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) from Massachusetts, feels ostracized from his family, his father (Eugene Levy) and brother both being doctors. One day he attends a minor league hockey game with his friend Pat (Jay Baruchel). Pat taunts the visiting team during a fight and one of their players climbs into the stands. Doug, in defense of his friend, quickly knocks him out, which prompts the rest of the crowd to cheer him on. Soon after, Doug gets a phone call from the coach of his hometown team who offers him a job as an enforcer, a player whose role is to protect his teammates and act as a deterrent by hitting or fighting opposing players who take liberties with his teammates.

In the meantime, veteran enforcer and Doug’s idol Ross "The Boss" Rhea (Liev Schreiber) is demoted to the minors after serving a 20 game suspension for slashing an opponent in the head from behind. Three years prior, Rhea hit and concussed the highly skilled prospect Xavier Laflamme (Marc-Andre Grondin) who has had trouble recovering from that incident due to the fear of being hit, being stuck in the minors and falling in with the wrong crowd. After earning himself the nickname "The Thug", Doug is called up to Canada and hired by Laflamme’s team, the Halifax Highlanders, to protect Laflamme and be his roommate.

The Highlanders experience success with Doug as their primary enforcer, and he quickly gains popularity among fans and teammates much to the chagrin of his parents and Laflamme, particularly after losing ice time and the alternate-captaincy to Doug. Doug becomes romantically involved with Eva (Alison Pill), a hockey fan with a penchant for players.

With 4 games left on their schedule, the Highlanders need two wins to secure a playoff spot. On a road game in Quebec, after an opposing player concusses Laflamme with a heavy hit, Doug savagely beats the player unconscious and is suspended for the next game against Rhea and the St. John’s Shamrocks. Doug encounters Rhea at a diner, where Rhea dismisses Doug’s claim that he is a hockey player, calling him a goon. Rhea warns him that if they ever meet on the ice, he will "lay him the fuck out." The Highlanders, with Doug suspended and Laflamme hospitalized, lose to the Shamrocks.

Doug reaches out to Laflamme, and promises him he will always have his back on the ice. In their next game, the Highlanders lead 1-0 thanks to renewed teamwork between Doug and Laflamme. In the dying seconds, Doug blocks a slapshot with his face and his ankle is broken in the ensuing scramble. The Highlanders win, but need a win against Rhea and the Shamrocks in their last game for a playoff spot.

After two periods, the Shamrocks are beating the Highlanders 2-0. Rhea and Doug drop the gloves in the third period, and dole out and receive physical punishment during the fight. Doug is knocked down first, but Rhea calls off the referees and allows him to get back up. Doug manages to break Rhea’s nose, but breaks his previously injured ankle in the process. Doug manages to stand back up and knocks out Rhea with a vicious cross. Eva and his teammates help a seriously injured Doug off the ice and Laflamme, inspired by Doug’s efforts and Rhea’s demise, scores a hat-trick to lead the Highlanders to a 3-2 victory and a play-off berth. While being comforted by Eva in the locker room, Doug victoriously comments, "I think I nailed him."

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Theodore Bressman known as associate producer
  • Don Carmody known as producer
  • Jesse Chabot known as associate producer
  • Ian Dimerman known as producer
  • Hartley Gorenstein known as line producer
  • David Gross known as producer
  • Kyle Hunter known as associate producer
  • André Rouleau known as producer
  • Ariel Shaffir known as associate producer
  • Jesse Shapira known as producer
  • Ben Silverman known as co-executive producer
  • Mark Slone known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Seann William Scott known as Doug Glatt
  • Jay Baruchel known as Ryan
  • Alison Pill known as Eva
  • Liev Schreiber known as Ross Rhea
  • Eugene Levy known as Dr. Glatt
  • Marc-André Grondin known as Xavier Laflamme
  • Kim Coates known as Ronnie Hortense
  • Nicholas Campbell known as Rollie Hortense
  • Richard Clarkin known as Gord Ogilvey
  • Jonathan Cherry known as Marco Belchier
  • Ricky Mabe known as John Stevenson
  • George Tchortov known as Evgeni
  • Karl Graboshas known as Oleg
  • Larry Woo known as Park Kim
  • Steve Sim known as Backup Goalie (as Stephen Sim)
  • Ellen David known as Mrs. Glatt
  • David Paetkau known as Ira Glatt
  • Mike Bell known as Donovan
  • Jeff Strome known as Oldfield
  • Jeff Wahl known as Reg (as Jeff Scott Wahl)
  • Dave Wheeler known as Sportscaster
  • Bryan Clark known as Bartender
  • David Duncan known as Darren
  • Patricia Edgar known as Elderly Waitress
  • James Durham known as Customer
  • Jeff Bromley known as Guy
  • Don Carmody known as Guy in Leather Jacket
  • Kalyn Bomback known as Kelly
  • Dominick Blais known as O'Sullivan
  • Curt Keilback known as Rod McCaudry
  • James Knight known as Rod
  • Amy Groening known as Teenage Singer
  • Ali Hassan known as Uncle Stevie
  • Sean Skene known as Assassin #1
  • Gabriel Daniels known as Blanko
  • Ken St. Mars known as Hamilton defenseman
  • Derrick Pollanski known as Lowell Kings opponent
  • Tim Kiriluk known as Mirimachi opponent #1
  • Lance 'The Snake' Cartwright known as Mirimachi opponent #2 (as Lance Cartwright)
  • Georges Laraque known as Huntington
  • Veronica Malinowski known as Paris Hilton lookalike
  • Geoff Banjavich known as Brandon
  • Mark Olafson known as Flannerty
  • David Lawrence known as Richard
  • Marc Joyal known as Quebec Fab
  • Brandy Jaques known as Stripper
  • Howard Jerome known as Mr. Cohen
  • Aron Tager known as Mr. Goldsmith
  • Sidney Leeder known as Young Woman
  • Sarah Scheffer known as Barbara Cohen
  • Shailee Ferguson known as BGP (uncredited)
  • Braeley Hobbs known as Rachel (uncredited)
  • Mitchell Kummen known as Autograph seeker (uncredited)
  • Christian Lalonde known as Simard (uncredited)
  • Terry Ray known as Assassin Player (uncredited)
  • Mike Smith known as Production Assisstant #2 (uncredited)
  • Clayton T. Stewart known as Crazy Fan (uncredited)
  • John Paul Tremblay known as Production Assisstant #3 (uncredited)
  • Robb Wells known as Production Assisstant #1 (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Lori Caputi known as key hair stylist
  • Nina Kvaternik known as assistant makeup artist
  • Jennifer Machnee known as makeup artist
  • Brenda Magalas known as key makeup artist
  • Doug Morrow known as special makeup effects artist
  • Alisha Talbot known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Crystal Biloski known as assistant art director
  • Bruce Cook known as head carpenter
  • Alexis Labra known as on-set dresser
  • Jamie Lou Morneau known as art department coordinator
  • Jonathan Van Winkle known as graphic artist
  • Sean Vizsy known as art director: second unit

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Company

Production Companies:

  • No Trace Camping
  • Caramel Film
  • Don Carmody Productions
  • Inferno Pictures Inc.

Distributors:

  • Alliance Films (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Magnet Releasing (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Eagle Films (2011) (Non-USA) (all media) (middle east)

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Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Olivier Bonenfant known as visual effects artist
  • Pierre Bonnette known as visual effects artist
  • Jessica Kardos known as visual effects coordinator
  • Serge Perreault known as visual effects coordinator
  • Philippe Toupin known as visual effects artist

Release Date:

  • Canada 10 September 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Ireland 6 January 2012
  • UK 6 January 2012
  • Malta 15 February 2012
  • Canada 24 February 2012
  • USA 24 February 2012 (Video On Demand)
  • Russia 1 March 2012
  • USA 30 March 2012 (limited)

MPAA: Rated R for brutal violence, non-stop language, some strong sexual content and drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. DonFishies from Canada
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    I plead ignorance: I have never seen Slap Shot, the holy grail of non-Mighty Ducks hockey films. When I ventured into the world premiere ofMichael Dowse's Goon over a month ago at the Toronto International FilmFestival, I felt like I missed out on required reading. But while itmay be deeply indebted to the Paul Newman classic, I think Goon stillmanages to be unique enough that it works pretty well on its own.

    Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is a loser. His father and brother aredoctors, yet he is stuck as a bouncer in a seedy Orangetown bar. Arather heinous act of self-defense at a local hockey game gets himnoticed and brought in to play in the minors as a goon, someone whofights with others and protects his smaller teammates. He does soincredibly well that he is quickly drafted to a semi-professional teamin Canada, where his main goal is to protect star player XavierLaFlamme (Marc-Andre Grondin), who has not played the same since abrutal hit from the legendary Ross 'The Boss' Rhea (Live Schreiber).

    Goon is the type of movie that begs not to be taken seriously. If thesynopsis was not enough, then the key opening shot, a bloody toothfalling in slow motion over classical music, is an obvious suggestionof the borderline ludicrous film that follows. There is nothing subtlethat occurs at all, everything is incredibly blatant and wildlyover-the-top (and frequently incredibly gritty and disgusting). Thefilm wears its pride for the sport on its sleeve, and sometimes goes toridiculous lengths to make sure you always know that. While hockeyseems to be an oddly frequent theme in Canadian pictures in the pastyear or so, this was the first one I saw that had the sport front andcentre – not simply existing as an underlying theme or plot device.

    But what sets it apart from the other Canadian hockey films is itsglorification of violence and carnage on ice. Glatt's main objective isto destroy and take out the other players, and everyone around him isconstantly stressing that. While we get to witness the struggle he hastrying to understand if there will ever be anything more for him, thefilm still paints him in the corner of always needing to fight, whichleads to some horrifically bloody battles. Dowse does not shy away fromhow violent the sport can be; instead he makes it incredibly gratuitousand takes it dangerously close to the limits of decency. I laughed athow silly the violence became, but I was surprised at just how gory itwas in many instances. It will no doubt cause a minor controversy, andI would not be surprised if a lot of people ignore the fact that thefilm is one of the few to actually deal with the topic head-on.

    Goon is also set apart through its rather colourful use of profanity,specifically at the hands of Jay Baruchel's Pat Houlihan. He adaptedand co-wrote the script with Seth Rogen's usual writing partner EvanGoldberg , and spices up almost every line with a unique expletive.Some are too overdone for their own good, but others are near perfect.They lead to some rather hysterical one-liners more often than not, andhelp shape the film around the hockey. I found it particularly amusingthat Baruchel gets to be the most vulgar of anyone in the script,allowing him to provide the most laughs and steal scenes from everyone.It also makes the film, at least in my mind, a bit more authentic tothe sport itself. It can be family orientated as some films have triedto suggest, but it is much more at ease when it is adult.

    If I hold anything against the film (outside of the ending I wanted somuch more from), it is that no one is really developed at all. We getto see a few different shades of Scott's Glatt, but no one else in thefilm changes. They are one-dimensional all around, with some minorthrowaway moments that could have been used to better characterizethem. It feels like a missed opportunity, even with the short runningtime, and nearly puts the talented cast to waste. Even Scott himselfseems to be having trouble trying to really make something of hischaracter. They all make the most of what they are given, but it seemslike the acting must have come a close third to the sensationalizing ofhockey and the glorifying of violence.

    That said, Scott does a lot better in the role than I want to give himcredit for. He is very meek throughout, and is always downplaying thecharacter. He is the complete opposite of Stifler, and shows that hehas some range. Schreiber is great as Ross, but he leaves the film forfar too many interludes. Same goes for Kim Coates as the head coach ofGlatt's team, who never appears on screen for nearly long enough.Sadly, Grondin and Alison Pill, as Glatt's love interest, seem to farethe worst of anyone. They get so very little to do, despite theirimportance in the film. They just end up looking awkward and out ofplace more often than not, almost like they do not belong at all.

    In the end, there is a lot of fun to be had watching Goon, especiallyif you really embrace the ridiculousness of it all. It is a reallysilly film, but manages to be enjoyable even with the massive flawsthat plague it. With a little more work, it could have been one of thebest sports movies ever. Instead, it will have to contend with beingthe best among a long string of Canadian hockey movies that willhopefully end sooner rather than later.

    7/10.

  2. danhall76 from United Kingdom
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    I must say I was a bit nervous as a Hockey fan about how this moviewould fare in UK. There is a fairly good following but there are stilla lot of people who don't realise that fighting is part of the game andthat 'Goons' actually do play the game.

    I thought there were some good laughs, entertaining fights and anoverall heartwarming story that for me make this into a veryentertaining movie. Yes, the dialogue and jokes are simple and the plotis quite thin but what were we expecting? Too many people expect moviesto all be Oscar-contenders and don't see a film for what it is, in thiscase and entertaining comedy-drama that doesn't take itself evenslightly seriously.

  3. Tom Hemingway from United Kingdom
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    'Goon' revolves around a very simple idea that a lovable but stupidnobody gets a chance at becoming an ice hockey champion because of hisvery powerful fists. Cue some of the most incredibly violent,unnecessary fight scenes seen in cinema for a long time. It makes aQuentin Tarantino film look normal! However, If you buy the idea,despite the familiar and predictable narrative, you will leave thecinema with a big grin on your face; At heart, 'Goon' is just anotherIndie feel-good comedy.

    Written by Jay Baruchel (also starring) and Evan Goldberg (the man tothank for 'Superbad' & 'Pineapple Express'), the words come to life onscreen and audiences should delight in some incredibly amusingone-liners (watch out for the foul-mouthed Baruchel) but also beengaged in the kind hearted and naive Sean William-Scott. You willrealise after a while that the pacing of the film is unorthodox as itdoesn't focus on the story of the ice hockey team, rather than the'Goon' himself. This shows a focus which is integral to the film'sunique quality and it often takes many unexpected turns as far astypical narratives go. The Goon is the heart of this film and has manyredeeming features. This softer approach to a predictably comicperformance from William-Scott and the introduction of a possible lovestory between him and Alison Pill's character (also giving her bestshot in this picture) are what elevates the film to a level mostcomedy's fail to reach.

    Having said that, this film is no 'Juno' or '(500) Days Of Summer'. Itmixes the soft, charming and comedic elements with often harsh truthsand big fights. There is blood, lost teeth, broken bones and slicedankles throughout. Never has there been such realistic soundingpunches! However, in the end, 'Goon' proves that you don't need a filmcrammed full of laughs to make a good comedy. It has charm, honesty,some very big fights, some very funny moments and an undeniablyuplifting, feel-good ending which makes it just that cut above youraverage 'dumb' comedy.

  4. leana555
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    I hadn't read or heard much about Goon before I went to see it; all I'dseen was the trailer. I didn't even realise that it was based on a truestory. I wasn't expecting it to be that good, but was pleasantlysurprised.

    I was expecting that the funny bits in the trailer were all that wouldbe on offer but the whole film was seeped in that simple (albeitsometimes unnerving) comedy that had the audience laughing out loudoften.

    Furthermore, beneath the usual humour we've come to expect fromGoldberg, there is a much deeper underlying story to it. It was evenendearing in parts. OK so 'endearing' isn't the best word to describe acomedy sports film that has as much gore as it has humour, but the waythat Seann William Scott portrays Doug really did something of touchingmy heart, and it was refreshing to see Scott play the role.

    Granted it may not clean up at the Oscars, but the story of a guy whoreally has no idea where he belongs is both hilariously and sweetlytold in Goon, with a great relationship conveyed between Doug and hisfriend – excellently played by Baruchel – who seems to be the only onewho believes in him.

    Teamed (no pun intended) with the banter generated with the game ofhockey and Doug's fellow players, this really makes for a must-see forany sports film fan, or comedy film fan, or indie film fan. There's alove story in there too for the romance fans. Which could potentiallygive Goon a pretty huge audience. If people ignore the trailer, thatis.

    Yes the whole story is slightly clichéd, but this film does so muchmore than the trailer gives it credit for, and deserves the word to bespread that this really is worth a watch.

  5. Jim Hurcomb from Ottawa, Canada
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    There is one element that distinguishes a "great" sports movie from a"good" sports movie. It's "the feel". It doesn't matter if the movie isabout baseball, basketball, football or hockey. If it doesn't smack ofauthenticity you might as well flip over to a live game. "The Natural"had the feel of baseball and for hockey "Slapshot" has always been thetemplate for the great hockey movie. I happily add "Goon" to thatrarefied space.

    As far as movie making goes, it has all the right stuff. The acting isconvincing and solid, the jokes are funny and there is lots of on-iceaction. But the defining feature of this film is that it feels real. Itfeels like these are real guys playing a real game in front of realfans. True hockey fans will get the in jokes, wince at the ankleinjury, relate to the dressing room banter, and feel tempted to yell"head's up" when the bad guy starts to take a run at the little guy.

    The key scene is, of course, the final showdown between "good goon" and"bad goon". We know it's coming, but sometimes we know the NHL fightsare inevitable, as the tough guys line up before the face-off and startjabbering. The build-up is just as visceral in "Goon", and when theyfinally drop the gloves it reminded me of that great final shoot-outscene in "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly", as the guys do the pre-fightstrip tease and wait for other to draw first.

    I will risk the wrath of my fellow hockey fans who have grown upworshipping at the church of "Slapshot". It was a great movie, althougha bit long. I found "Goon" to be more entertaining, as authentic andmore believable. Nice work guys!

  6. jordanmarkharding from United Kingdom
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    In a very short summary, this has got to be the best tongue in cheekcomedy for a very long time because its not all about a dumb hockeyplayer there is heart in there, ambition and best of all, love. CheesyI know, tell me about it. As a non spoiler synopsis, the movie is abouta family outcast, Doug 'goon' Glatt who is superb with his fists and isrecruited to play hockey but only to be on ice fist. His soon to be exhero, Ross Rhea is also good with his fists and a is a famous on pitchtrouble maker. The film follows Doug through many games with plenty ofpunch throwing intertwined and also inevitably leads to a head tobattle between Rhea and Glatt. In the end this is a massivelyunderestimated movie and deserves more to be honest. Watch it you willnot be disappointed.

  7. Harriet Downey from United Kingdom
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    Seann William Scott often fits into a certain type, to put it bluntly,silly films. After following his favourite hockey player, Doug (Scott)goes from bouncer at a pub to pro hockey player, seems to fit the bill.

    I didn't think much of the film or the story in the first say, twentyminutes. It just seemed to be in competition with the likes of Superbadand dare I say, American Pie. With Doug's best friend Ryan (JayBaruchel) making obscene jokes every 5 seconds, I couldn't help butrole my eyes. When the story moves away from him, is when the filmreally starts to pick up. We get to see what Scott's character isreally like, which is a polite, cute, neanderthal with really hardfists.

    Liev Schreiber's character is rather terrifying, creating a greatjuxtaposition between him and the dimwitted Doug. The camera anglesused on the ice show how scary it can be and bring the audience intothe match. Now that I know it's based on a true story, I only want tomeet the real Doug and give him a hug.

  8. Reverend Scapegöat from Canada
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    One of my all-time favorite comedies is Slap Shot, so I had at least amarginal interest in seeing Goon. After reading a recent interview withBaruchel in the Vancouver Sun, the movie sounded like it just mighthave the heart to carry the flame that Slap Shot lit. Sure, noquestion, Goon comes off as somewhat of an homage, but it's done right,not overtly, balancing the necessary brutality and tastelessness withjust enough sweetness. Which is a hell of a lot more than I can say forthat pitiful attempt at a Slap Shot sequel.

    I'm also not usually a fan of Seann William Scott's typecast everybrah,but his portrayal of Dougie Glatt as a soft-spoken and polite bruiserreally is charming. The movie's not without its flaws: Sure, Baruchel'scharacter is irritating and barely necessary, and Eugene Levy istragically underused, and the subplot with the love interest is kindaout-of-place, but I overlooked those things because the meat of themovie is gold. The comedy is solid, the teammate/coach characters areamazing, and the film's sheer love of the game really, really shinesthrough.

    So my recommendation is ya pick up a twelve of Moosehead, throw on yourold Chiefs jersey, and hunker down for a lot of laughs.

  9. carney818-1 from United States
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    If you are looking for a realistic Hockey of Today Film.Then this ain'tit. Are you looking for a FUN Hockey Film that might take someliberties? Then this is a Film for you. If you can suspend yourknowledge of Ice Hockey, Yes even Minor League Hockey then this Film isa Blast.I thought it was The Best Hockey Film since Slapshot.Got someGood Acting,GREAT Fight Scenes and some Laughs too. If you are a REALHockey Fan you'll love it.Goon shows The Tough Side of Hockey and it'snot so afraid to fight side. Yes there's Fighting in Hockey. Yes someplayers are hired on as Fighters. It's part of Hockey and Goon showsyou this side of The Game..

  10. december_starz (december_starz@hotmail.com) from Ontario, Canada
    27 Mar 2012, 2:45 pm

    I think that if you go to see this movie, you know what you're gettinginto. It's essentially a love letter to the violent side of hockeywritten by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, both of whom are known for aparticular kind of comedy, and it stars Seann William Scott, who isknown for playing a particular kind of character. Check out the 'Peoplewho liked this also liked…' section on the page for this movie.You'll see flicks like The Hangover, Crazy, Stupid Love, and RoleModels. If those are your type of movies, chances are you'll enjoyGoon.

    The premise of the movie is that a likable, polite, not-exactly-brightbouncer, Doug Glatt, is invited to join a semi-professional hockey teamas an enforcer. I think what I chiefly liked about the film was thatyes, there's lewd and crude humour and a somewhat predictable plotline, but you'll like the characters and at no point does the moviestart to drag or fail to entertain.

    I was also pleased to see that, as a Canadian hockey fan myself, Iwasn't spoon-fed easy stereotype jokes. The things that were funnyhadn't been recycled a hundred times in every other movie thatpointedly features Canada as a setting. The characters do drag out theold 'eh' every now and again, but you feel more like it's a wink toBaruchel's home audience rather than something intended to hit you overthe head with a 'SEE, we're in CANADA!'

    Bottom line: This flick isn't going to win any Oscars. But if you wantto see something thoroughly entertaining, it's a good bet. If you don'tlaugh at least once, you're – probably my grandmother.

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