In my ongoing search to find quality movies that may have been overlooked by the viewing public for one reason or another, I stumbled across Goon. First and foremost, I was shocked that this movie didn’t find much of an audience upon its release. It has everything you could want in a film, great writing, wonderful characters with endearing Canadian accents, sports, lots of laughs, romance and plenty of thoroughly enjoyable, good old-fashioned fist fighting. More then that, after seeing this movie I gained a new appreciation for hockey, as well as new insight into the way the sport is really played, something I can’t say about most sports movies.
After beating up a hockey player at a local game, a simply but earnest bouncer named Doug Glatt (Sean William Scott) is given the opportunity to join a hockey team as a goon, where his sole role is to start and win fights against players on rival teams. Written by actor Jay Baruchel and veteran comedy writer Evan Goldberg, Goon is genuinely a well-written comedy with some real heart, as well as a movie that inexplicably just makes you smile. The fighting in this film is often hard hitting and brutal, but strikes a good balance as it’s also often comedic and occasionally borders on slapstick, which adds some much needed levity to a few bloody and harsh fistfights.
Yet another wonderful facet to this little film is the cast, which is full of great, lesser-known actors such as Jay Baruchel as the zany and perverse friend, Allison Pill as the quirky love interest, and Liev Schreiber as the veteran fighter and ultimate rival in the film. The cast is, of course, led by Sean William Scott, who delivers a solid yet very unique performance as the dimwitted but lovable Doug Glatt. I hope this film will open up more opportunities for these actors, but unfortunately due to the fact that it didn’t make much money, it’ll likely not have an effect on anyone’s career.
When you really look at it, this is a pretty straightforward movie. Most of the characters are deviations on roles we have seen before, and the movie doesn’t take any real risks as far as plot is concerned. However, what it lacks in creativity, it makes up for in execution, and although this is by no means a classic film, it is one I can see myself watching a few more times. The content is only helped by the fact that the HD for this movie is fantastic and that it’s conveniently on Netflix instant streaming. So definitely check this one out if you are looking for a quality comedy, with a little bit of hockey thrown in for good measure.
Rating: 4 out of 5