Cut To The Chase: GOON (2011) – “You have my respect. Whatever that means to you, you got it.”

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GOON (2011)
Starring: Seann William Scott (American Pie), Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up), Liev Schreiber (Scream)
Written by: Jay Baruchel & Evan Goldberg
Release Date: Canada – February 24th / USA – February 24th (Video On Demand), March 30th (limited)

Goon has been on my radar ever since we showed you the great trailers last year. I have finally seen the flick and can tell you that it’s a great movie with a surprisingly sweet tone beneath some hard hitting ice time.

There are not a lot of hockey comedies out there, Slap Shot is the standard of course and respectfully I would say Goon stands right beside it. There are fights, lots of blood, lost teeth and a whole lot of cussing – this is second-tier hockey after all.  The script is solid with a lot of lines that had me laughing for a long time, “there’s only 2 rules: don’t touch my percocets and do you have any percolates.”

Seann William Scott plays Doug Glatt, a bouncer and eventual enforcer for a local hockey team. He’s great at what he does and for the self-admitted simple that doesn’t fit in with his brainy family; he’s very content watching over his team, it’s what he’s good at. He is also one of the nicest players, on and off the ice – something they didn’t really share in the trailer. This is a great role for Scott as he showcases a lot of strength as a kind-hearted brute; and when it comes time to knuckle up, he puts on one hell of a show.

For hockey fans and aficionados there are a lot of nods to the NHL in the movie, such as the story behind the other enforcer in the movie Ross Rhea played by Liev Schreiber. His story in the movie bears resemblance to the incident in the NHL when Marty McSorley of the Boston Bruins slashed Donald Brashear of the Vancouver Canucks in the head from behind.

That hit in the movie caused Ross Rhea to be sent back to the minors and puts Glatt and Ross on a collision course that should go down as one of the best hockey fights put to film.

The film is an adaptation of the book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith.  It’s a little sports movie that doesn’t have a lot to say; it’s not an underdog story as so much as it is a brief look into a world of one “goon” player wanting to find his place.

Score: 4/5

FYI: Georges Laraque, a former NHL enforcer has a small role. His character has a great fight with Glatt.