Review of Goon


“Goon” is a sports movie within the same mold as Adam Sandler’s “The Waterboy”, but before you start expecting Seann William Scott to sound like a Louisiana version of Tweety Bird, know that this is one of Stifler’s better performances. Scott never falls into caricature as he plays Doug Glatt, a nice, simple-minded Massachusetts bouncer (just don’t make him angry) whose way off the beaten track of his doctor and lawyer filled Jewish family. Doug’s talents lie more in the physical realm, which gets him called up to minor league hockey, not because he’s particularly skilled in the sport, but because he’s a legit ass-kicker who can protect the antsy star player (Marc Andre-Grondin) of the Halifax Highlanders, a team of misfits looking for someone to inspire them. This is all leading up to a showdown with the league’s dirtiest player, Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Written by frequent Seth Rogen writing partner Evan Goldberg and “She’s Out of my League” star Jay Baruchel, “Goon” is filled with bloody fights, lots of profanity, and subscribes to “Jackass” logic that the camaraderie between most straight men centers around the penis but never gets more than latently gay. It’s not a laugh-riot but it’s genuinely funny up until the second half when the joke seems to lose steam. But even then you have a nice, physical, bloody hockey movie on your hands, one that Scott takes on with a good mixture of boy-next-door innocence, beastly violence, and the pride of a soldier. He also has a nice exchange with Schreiber before the final showdown and the ending is mostly successful in creating its own little “Rocky” moment. “Goon” has a bloody love for the game of hockey and thanks to Scott, it’s a fast-paced hour and a half that leaves you rooting every time it hits the ice.