Goon

GoonWhen he’s seen dispatching a rude opposing hockey player in the stands, Doug Glatt is hired by a rival team … for his fighting skills. It seems the new team’s star is gun-shy after being hit by a puck, and Glatt’s job is to be his on-ice bodyguard.

Matt
Rating: 7 out of 10

Seann William Scott gives a really solid performance. Did I just say that?

Yes, I did. This is a likeable and true tale of a goon — the tough guy on hockey teams who put up way more penalty minutes than points. They are the tough guys of a tough guy sport, and this is an interesting story of a pretty unassuming guy who never played hockey but ended up worked his way through the minors as a goon. Scott plays Doug Glatt, a bouncer at a bar who gets a shot at being a goon after beating up a hockey player in the stands of a game.

It all seems a bit much, but Scott plays him as a simple guy, who is actually a gentle soul and not the smartest guy — but certainly the nicest. There’s also a love story with a not-so-typical gal, and a rivalry with a fellow goon, played very well by Liev Schreiber. This is definitely one of the better sports movies I’ve seen in a while.

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7 responses to “Goon

  1. Watched this last month. Was pleasantly surprised. Loved it.

  2. Interesting. Wrote this off as a movie not to even bother seeing. You’ve changed my mind. Will give it a watch.

  3. Victor De Leon

    In my queue for so long I had almost forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder, Matt. – Vic

  4. Me and my griflriend watched this the other night just to have something on while we were trying to go to sleep. I’m really surprised at how likable the main character and the movie in general was. Good movie, good review. On to read more of your reviews.

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