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"Goon" features an excellent cast of Canadians led by the winning Seann William Scott, perhaps best known for his role as Steve Stifler in the "American Pie" films. Scott plays bouncer Doug Glatt, a sweet-natured, dim-witted man-child who just happens to be very good at beating the crap out of people. After a fracas at a hockey game leads a local team to hire him, his thuggish efficiency on the ice gets him promoted to a minor-league club, the Halifax Highlanders. Coach Ronnie Hortense (Kim Coates) assigns him the task of protecting the team's high-scorer, Xavier Laflamme (Marc-Andre Grondin), a former prodigy now less interested in hockey than he is in cocaine and strippers.
Eugene Levy (also in "American Pie") is Doug's father, a doctor ashamed of his son's job as a hockey enforcer; Jay Baruchel (one of the screenwriters) is Doug's friend Pat, a rabid fan who hosts an amateurish cable program devoted to the sport; Alison Pill (Baruchel's real-life fiancée) is Doug's crush Eva, a "puck bunny" with a thing for hockey players; and Liev Shreiber (the only major star in the film) is renowned enforcer Ross "The Boss" Rhea, who becomes Doug's nemesis in the arena.Read more ›
I knew nothing of this before seeing it at the library, but having grown up playing a lot of hockey I will watch any of the very few hockey movies ever made. Slap Shot is of course the classic, but I've got to say I like this even more, as it really feels like Canada in so many ways, and hockey is to Canada what baseball, football and basketball are to the US, combined.
There are many absolutely hilarious moments, especially if you really love hockey and appreciate the absurdity of ice fighting. I had to hit pause maybe a dozen times so I could finish laughing. Goon is so Canadian and so precisely hockeyish; Hollywood will NEVER come this close to what hockey really is. And Scott is so good it's hard to believe; he always seemed like a basic jokester before, but he performs on another level here and makes his character truly come alive. Everybody is great in Goon except Baruchel, who is too over the top even for a satire like this. But he did co-write it, so slack shall be cut. Scott makes up for it with an incredibly earnest performance; honest to god, it's dang near Oscar-worthy in its low key brilliance. Liev Screiber also turns in a convincing, surprisingly relaxed take on the aging goon whom Scott must of course battle. That lack of constant over the top is why Goon is a little funnier than Slap Shot, all told. It's less a farce and more of a straight up comedy-drama.
The endless asides and subtle moments make Goon work, and the not-subtle-at-all violence might be the main thing that turns some folks off. But as someone who grew up watching the Broad Street Bullies and laughing every time Dave the Hammer got on the ice, I found it all accurate.Read more ›
Just remember it's rated R.
Had to watch this a 2nd time as I was laughing too hard and missed some of the jokes. Great movie! Can't remember the last time I wanted to see a movie twice but will buy for sure when it is released on Blu Ray (mabye latter this year?)
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absolutely one of my favourite movies !! a bit crude and absurd at times but enjoyable the whole way through.Published 4 days ago by Julia
I'll be honest...I hate sports. Especially hockey. It makes me dizzy and gives me motion sickness trying to keep track of the puck. That said, this movie was SO AWESOME. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Brian Nallick
In the 70's we have the hilarious Hockey movie "Slap Shot", possibly the funniest hockey movie ever! Slap Shot makes a farce about the violence in Hockey! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Leo Hott
Great Hockey Movie!!! an Instant Classic!!! All Hockey & Seann William Scott Fans Must Own This!!!Published 1 month ago by JPico