Director: Michael Dowse
Writers: Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg, Adam Frattasio (book), Doug Smith (book)
Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grodin, Kim Coates, Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy
My wife was astounded to learn one day while watching a professional hockey game that the refs would let the players actually stop the play of the game and fight each other. I’m not much of a hockey watcher myself, and this practice even boggles my mind. The new movie “Goon” is based on a true story about a hockey player, Doug “The Thug” Smith, who was drafted into the minors just for his ability to finish fights. He’d never even played hockey before.
The ever-amiable Seann William Scott, who is even able to bring a soft side to his “American Pie” a-hole character Stiffler, portrays Doug here. Scott plays Doug as such a nice guy it contrasts with his bruiser abilities, but he makes it work. He’s a lughead, but he knows it. He has three things going for him in life, his hard head, his big fists, and his ability to find kindness in his heart for everybody, no matter how poorly they treat him. This combination doesn’t present wonderful options for him because he lets everyone treat him as a doormat. Bouncing is about his only option until he finishes a fight started on the ice at a local minor league hockey game one day from the stands.