Goon (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
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Not content with his job as a bouncer, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) dreams of a more rewarding job and gaining his parents respect. When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a fistfight that Doug easily wins, the on-looking coach sees Doug's potential, in spite of his lack of any hockey playing ability. Joining the team and with the encouragement of his best friend (Jay Baruchel), Doug quickly becomes a rising star. Soon he'll have the opportunity to face-off against the infamous league thug, Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber), perhaps finally land a girlfriend and stick to a job he enjoys. Now all he needs to do is learn to skate.
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When the story begins to develop, we can observe the protagonist's (Doug "The Thug" Glatt) growth as both a hockey player and as a person, but always keeping it to the ground. Doug eventually moves to the minor leagues to a team that is struggling to make it to the playoffs, where his role is to protect the star player who has fallen from grace after an unfortunate encounter with the movie's antagonist (Ross "The Boss" Rhea). I love how the movie manages to be exaggeradtely funny and violent yet still realistic and relatable. There are no unnecessary flashbacks of chilhood dreams nor slow-motion suspenseful shots. There are no championship curses nor the pursuit of glory at the highest level. It all comes down to a group of average Joe's who are struggling to make it to the playoffs. The team members are very easy to relate to and the locker room scenes are memorable (best motivational pre-final-game-speech I've seen on a movie).
In addition, there are other topics such as romance, family relationships, friendship and search for identity that are both accurately and briefly addressed. Most of the time is used for action, so there are no time-wasters during the film.
If to all of the mentioned above we add the acting (Liev Schreiber's performance is brilliant and the diner scene is the perfect example), the soundtrack, the characters, and the well-kept pace, we can easily say we are in front of a truly hidden gem.
I watched it mainly because I'm a huge fan of Kim Coates, who's hilarious as a minor league hockey coach who's constantly aggravated and probably has an ulcer and suffers from IBS. As a hockey fan I enjoyed it a lot, although I probably missed out on a lot of inside jokes, since it's a Canadian film and I'm American. I could have done without the old "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out" image, but I really am not familiar with Canada's minor league, so it may very well be authentic. Seann William Scott is very likeable as the big brute with a bigger heart. Alison Pill is so adorable I want to put her in my pocket. The humor is very different from a Hollywood film and that's a good thing. Liev Schreiber's role is far too small.
It was a very enjoyable film that could actually pass as a date movie because it's got romance in it, but not the over the top chick flick kind. It's a great compromise if you're debating with your girlfriend on what film to watch.