|Cast: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Shreiber, Alison Pill, Kim Coates, Eugene Levy, Marc-André Grondin, Nicholas Campbell|
Director(s): Michael Dowse
Good hockey movies are few and far between. There's 'Slap Shot'.....and that's about it. Well, now there's 'Goon', and taking some inspirational cues from Slap Shot, it's a fun romp on the bloodier side of the ice, basically focusing on one particular enforcer's role on his minor-league team, and loosely based on true events in real-life ex-goon Doug Smith's career.
Doug is a nice guy, but has a way with throwing knockout punches that fits right into the plans of the local minor league team, even though he can't skate very well or play hockey. That's basically it, with a love interest thrown in, and his disapproving parents.
This film is definitely catered to a certain crowd. I wouldn't expect folks who don't like hockey to really like this film, but Deril and I laughed quite heartily throughout, and I suspect Mikey would like it. It has lots of hockey in-jokes, locker room rants & pranks (the two Russian players were hilarious, always verbally abusing their own goalie), bloody fistfights, rampant swearing, a Georges Laraque cameo, Canadian content (not in a sucky way), and actual decent acting - everything you may want in a hockey flick. There's some liberties taken with the amount of suspensions and injuries actually sustained, but that's to be expected. I guess.
Anyways, a very fun watch, exceeded expectations.
Fully agree with Mitch. Exceeded expectations. We really did lol quite a bit. This movie is not for everyone but was obviously geared towards us.
The goalie with his mother`s pic on his helmet was HI-larious!!
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