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Goon
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Jun 15, 2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Michael Dowse

Actors:
Seann William Scott
Liev Schreiber
Jay Baruchel

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A good-hearted bouncer who hasn't been good at anything his whole life finally finds his calling—being a hockey "enforcer" i.e. the guy that kicks everyone's ass.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Since birth I’ve been more of a movie guy than a sports guy—with one notable exception: hockey. Of course it's also the one sport that's vastly underutilized in cinema, which is why hearing all the positive things about GOON from my cohorts at JoBlo got me pumped. And they weren't kidding: GOON is the best hockey flick in a long time, maybe since SLAPSHOT. (And I'm someone who enjoyed the feel-goodery of MIRACLE.)

Essentially GOON is HAPPY GILMORE on ice. Except instead of a powerful swing, Doug is great at fighting. It sounds like a simple, perhaps even cheaply crass premise, but the script by Judd Apatow-favorite Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (Seth Rogen’s writing partner) manages to take it to great heights. It's an extremely well-written, well-plotted movie with great dialogue and big laughs, even downright hilarious at parts. And while it's a comedy through and through, the fight scenes (of which there are many) are brutal and extremely well-choreographed. GOON boasts some of the most realistic, gut-wrenching brawling since FIGHT CLUB. The epic final fight is the perfect balance of "hard to watch" and "can’t take my eyes off the screen."

But the most successful thing about GOON is how great the characters are realized. (Made tougher by the fact that this is based on a true story.) Seann William Scott plays a good-natured simpleton who’s got as much heart as he does testosterone. His Doug is endlessly likable, even at his most dense, and he carries the movie completely while his sweet relationship with the adorable Allison Pill gives it an emotional core. Liev Schreiber is great as always, playing an older enforcer that becomes Doug's respectable default nemesis. Even at his most dickish and with a relatively small role, Schreiber is still a blast to watch. Baruchel also saves some of the movie's best lines for himself as Doug's foul-mouthed friend and hockey super fan. In fact, each member of Doug's hockey team gets their moment(s) to shine as well, even better than with most big budget ensemble comedies.

GOON is exciting and fun and hilarious and a little bit sweet. And it's a movie about hockey. Finally.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Jay Baruchel and director Michael Dowse: This track is hilarious. The two spitball jokes, make off-color comments, tell funny stories about making a low-budget flick and just generally have a blast. You will too.

Deleted Scenes (9:10): These six scenes were rightfully cut, but you get to spend more time with the characters which isn't a bad thing.

Outtakes (5:35): A lot of your typical gaffes, as well as a handful of funny fighting outtakes and Baruchel adlibbing. And apparently Scott can’t remember character names at all.

Interview with Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel (29:34): Both are funny guys so this half hour chat is both entertaining and informative.

HDNet: A Look at GOON (4:55): Essentially a promo, not an actual BTS feature.

Goalie Audition (5:20): Watch actor Jonathan Cherry try out for his role. A Shake Weight is used.

Fighting 101 (3:47): Pat Houlihan briefly shows you how its done..

You also get Trailers and Trading Cards.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
GOON isn't just a great hockey comedy, but a great comedy, period. My girlfriend, who doesn't care about the sport and wasn't particularly looking forward to it, came out loving GOON. I think you will too.

Extra Tidbit: Eugene Levy has a very brief and ironic role playing Stifler’s dad.
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1:28PM on 06/17/2012
I just watched it yesterday and it was awesome, liked the character of everyone and the chemistry between Eva and Doug (the actors) was incredible. Loved also the gore in the movie.
I just watched it yesterday and it was awesome, liked the character of everyone and the chemistry between Eva and Doug (the actors) was incredible. Loved also the gore in the movie.
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12:41AM on 06/16/2012
Loved it. Sean William Scott killed it in that role, very likable in this.
Loved it. Sean William Scott killed it in that role, very likable in this.
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1:43PM on 06/15/2012
How could Jay Baruchel get this movie made AND wreck it at the same time? I wanted Stifler to punch his character out every time he was on screen.
How could Jay Baruchel get this movie made AND wreck it at the same time? I wanted Stifler to punch his character out every time he was on screen.
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10:56AM on 06/15/2012
This movie is a gem, violent without going over the top, funny without being idiotic, and well developed characters, taking advantage of every actor and their own strengths. Great great movie indeed.
This movie is a gem, violent without going over the top, funny without being idiotic, and well developed characters, taking advantage of every actor and their own strengths. Great great movie indeed.
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10:14AM on 06/15/2012
Like all great sports movies, it's not really about the sport, while still being about the sport. Could Doug be considered a "smart" simpleton? He's aware of his limits, and strengths. I don't know... I appreciated the fact that he wasn't an idiot for the sake of laughs. Jay Baruschel steals every scene he's in.
Like all great sports movies, it's not really about the sport, while still being about the sport. Could Doug be considered a "smart" simpleton? He's aware of his limits, and strengths. I don't know... I appreciated the fact that he wasn't an idiot for the sake of laughs. Jay Baruschel steals every scene he's in.
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