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Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Marc-Andre Grondin, Kim Coates ... see more see more... , Eugene Levy , Liev Schreiber , Nicholas Campbell

Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local Beantown bar and a bit of an embarrassment to his accomplished family, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) dreams of the kind of success enjoyed by minor ... read more read more...league hockey goon Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a bloody fist fight that Doug easily wins, the coach of the Halifax Highlanders sees potential in this mammoth sized man who is only hampered by his lack of any hockey playing ability and his brother's old figure skates. Standing up to the taunts of the other players, Doug manages to join the team, and with the encouragement of his hockey obsessed best friend (Jay Baruchel) quickly becomes a rising star. Soon he'll have the opportunity to face off against Ross "The Boss" Rhea and perhaps finally land a girlfriend. Now - all he needs is to learn how to skate. -- (C) Magnolia

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DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012

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  • July 7, 2014
    I'm sure the story of this film is pretty good, but I could not get through the first quarter because of the copious amount of swearing. I'm pretty open-minded when it comes to stuff like that and I don't recall ever not finishing a film, but this was so over the top it was dist... read moreracting to the point of annoyance.
  • April 24, 2014
    I know very little about Ice Hockey but I do know that it can be pretty violent at times. If I didn't already know that then I certainly would have after watching Goon. An unsweetened bit of realism then and that's never a bad thing. However, I didn't like the humour very much. W... read moreell done to Jay Baruchel who has written a good film in his first attempt, he just should have thought about writing himself out of it. I'm not a fan of Seann William Scott, Ice Hockey, violence or most things contained in this film but somehow I quite liked it, maybe it was the romance or the freshness of the disjointed narrative, I don't know, but it works!

    http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/goon-dir-michael-dowse-2011-i-know-very.html
  • September 24, 2013
    A very simple, and yet beautiful film, about the life of Doug Glatt (William Scott), a bouncer turned hockey enforcer. It remains very sweet as it follows the even tempered and quite friendly Doug while he gratefully takes on the role of enforcer, or hockey fighter, in the minor ... read moreleagues. The first great thing about this film is that it has some of the bloodiest fights ever seen, and they're all fun to watch because they come from a place of spectator sport and not filthy bloodlust. To say that they're one and the same is subjective, but when it comes to this film they're separated easily enough. What's also interesting seems to be the character that is Doug. While obviously not human in his retention of pain and misunderstanding from everyone around him, he was likable, even lovable. I will say it, I love the character of Doug Glatt, a man who sees the best in everyone and remains humble and loyal. That and the film is just downright entertaining. From the romantic relationship between Glatt and Eva (Pill), to his friendship with the epithet screaming Pat (Baruchel), to his strange rivalry with Ross Rhea (Schreiber), every relationship in this film entertains. The characters are interesting, the sports scenes actually build tension for the forthcoming final game, and some of these shots are just priceless. Especially when it comes to the fight scenes. They are unapologetically bloody, not at all over exaggerated, and feel very real and yet didn't have the same glory attributed to them in the real world. There's definitely a lack of glory, and clarification of what it means to be a hockey hero or someone who protects their team from hateful rivals. It was also great to find out that Doug was a real person in the credits where they showed some of his real hockey fights. They look as gruesome as the film, which lends even further to the film's realism.
  • February 1, 2013
    Goon is a film that I have revisited a couple times now and badly want it to become a sports comedy classic. It is very funny, pretty violent and vulgar, but well-acted, and oddly sweet. The story surrounds Seann William Scott as Doug Glott, a bouncer-turned-hockey player, afte... read morer he beats up a hockey player at a game and is recruited to be an enforcer for the Halifax Highlanders. During Glott's time on the team, he successfully beats up many people for the good of the team, while helping the team regain their confidence. At the same time, he falls in love with a girl (Alison Pill), who tends to sleep around quite a bit. Meanwhile, Live Shreiber is also in the film as a veteran enforcer, who plans to retire after this year, but won't go down without a good final fight.

    What I really love about Goon is that it is such a nice movie. Given that it is about Doug beating the crap out of people, that may sound strange, but the film is not at all mean-spirited. Doug literally apologizes to the people he hurts, because he means it. He is just doing what he is told, but admires hockey and the players a great deal. Seann William Scott does some of his best work here, further showing that he is much better than just playing Stifler in other films. Everyone is quite good here, with Schreiber really delivering in spades, as he nails this part of the veteran fighter, who even gets a chance to embody De Niro in Heat, during a diner confrontation with Scott's character.

    Written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, the film is based on a true story, but manages to deliver huge in the way of laughs and fun all around. The story is a fun alternative to standard sports tales, the actors are all invested enough, without going over the top in a way that is unfitting of the tone of the film, and the general spirit of this very R-rated features is very welcoming to all who enjoy films like Slap Shot or Bull Durham.
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    January 16, 2013
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    Here is a comedy that really, really got overlooked in 2012(hell I didn't see it til 2013, and it came out in March). This is probably one of the best hockey movies ever. Long story short, Sean William Scott stars as Doug Glatt. He's a bar bouncer who is dumber than the averag... read moree person, but can fight. One night at a hockey game he beats up a player and from there he is instantly sought after to be the Goon(guy who fights during games) for the Halifax Highlanders(it's a minor league team). It all leads up to a final showdown fight with the legend good Ross Rhea played by Liev Schreiber. This is Scott's best performance outside of Stifler. He is funny, charming, and comes across as a guy you'd wanna hang out with it, but never fight. Schreiber is awesome here too, mullet and all. Jay Baruchel(the skinny guy from "She's out of My league") wrote it and co-stars, and the guy is comedic gold. There are a lot of good one liners, and the violence is way over the top, and hilarious(slow shots of a tooth hitting the ice). If you want a good R rated adult, raunchy, sports comedy, then you should definitely watch this.
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    January 14, 2013
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    "Goon" is a very conventional but enjoyable little sports comedy, a light non-commitment that's biggest downside is it's annoyingly immature sense of humor.
  • January 6, 2013
    Fun movie! I did almost stop watching after 15 minutes, but I am very glad that I stuck with it. I can only tolerate a small amount of locker room profane banter, and towel snapping humor. BUT..I began to notice the sweetness of the title character, Doug Glatt. He is kind of a sw... read moreeet, and funny misfit played very well by Seann William Scott. If a person can close their ears to the abundance (but not over the top) of the "F" word, then I think they could appreciate this bittersweet, funny, enjoyable movie.
  • November 17, 2012
    Much like how anti-war films exploit the pains and horrors of war, Goon is an anti-sports film that exploits, well, brawls in hockey. But the biggest downfall of Goon is how it makes a big deal out of very small things.
  • October 29, 2012
    This isn't a four-star movie in the way that a classic is, but one that I rate highly because of how significantly it surpassed my expectations. It's raunchy and hilarious, wistful and sweet, and above all that, it's got hockey!

    The promo copy bills it as Superbad meets Slap Sho... read moret, and that's not so far off. Stifler - I can't use his real name, I just can't! - plays Doug, a bouncer who joins a minor pro team to fight, and Jay Baruchel plays his small-town Massachussetts hoodrat friend, a character more comparable to one from a Kevin Smith film. The funniest bits might be the ones with Baruchel, whose mouth is shockingly foul - even when hosting his public access hockey show.

    I liked that the bouncer character was written as a meathead with a heart of gold, but he seemed too stupid to be believable - that said, it's true of hockey culture that the knuckleheads are often the players most liked on the team, and the ones all-too-willing to do whatever the team asks of them and smile about it.

    In fact, unlike a lot of hockey films (The Mighty Ducks 2, for instance, where Trinidad & Tobago ices a team and Iceland is a power in the sport), this one is full of rewards for the hockey fan, for which you can thank the Canadians who adapted fighter Doug Smith's memoir, (Baruchel and Superbad's Evan Goldberg). We've even got a highly touted but uninterested French-Canadian prospect for comic relief! (Google "Alexandre Daigle" if you don't know why this is funny.)

    Throw in an almost-too-saccharine love story (with Woody Allen's latest regular, Alison Pill) and an inevitable confrontation between Stifler and the league's reigning heavyweight champ (Liev Schreiber), and what you get is a charming little story with a ton of big laughs. Like I said, it's not actually a four-star movie, but it's a fantastic surprise that you (or at least, I) could watch again and again. Promising work from some young talent, and one that will sell well in Canada for decades to come. In the words of Don Cherry, (or was it Bob and Doug Mackenzie), "What a beauty!"
  • July 26, 2012
    "Goon" is one of the funniest movies I've seen in awhile. It has excessive language and violence yet is surprisingly touching. Seann William Scott gives a great performance as Doug Glatt, a man who is drafted to play semi-pro hockey solely because he can fight like no other. And ... read morefight he does.

    Many may think that this film is just fighting and cursing and nothing else. Well, you're not far from the truth. But what makes it stand out are the characters. Doug is a likable guy and his connection with others, especially Xavier Laflamme, is funny and genuine. Many comedy films nowadays intend to shove in as much crude humor as they can without developing characters. Not the case here.

    Overall "Goon" is entertaining and if you are a hockey player, like me, or a fan then it is a must watch. If you don't care for hockey you may still enjoy it, but if you absolutely can't stand brutal fighting then this film probably isn't for you. I liked it, even if the ending leaves much to be desired.

Critic Reviews


Bilge Ebiri
January 8, 2013
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

As the brutality ramps up, and the story gains real consequence, for some reason, we actually laugh harder. Goon is a comedy, often a very funny one, but you might be hesitant to call it that once you... Full Review

Michael O'Sullivan
April 20, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

[Scott] is reason enough to see the film, which otherwise is a by-the-book sports comedy. Full Review

Tom Russo
April 12, 2012
Tom Russo, Boston Globe

The movie's unlikely sincerity can't completely offset its ugliness for less bloodthirsty viewers, but it helps, and it does smooth over some narrative rough edges. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
April 5, 2012
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

The movie is harsh, nasty and vulgar like you wouldn't believe. And often, it's hilarious. Full Review

William Goss
March 30, 2012
William Goss, Film.com

It's an underdog story that doesn't take itself too seriously, tender as a bruise and about as blue. Full Review

Alonso Duralde
March 30, 2012
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

George Roy Hill's classic Slap Shot may still hold the title as the quintessential hockey comedy, but Goon certainly deserves to be mentioned in its company, juggling charm and grit and raunch and blo... Full Review

Stephen Whitty
March 30, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

All it wants is slapstick violence and "Slap Shot" profanity. And it delivers both - albeit not much else. Full Review

Tom Long
March 30, 2012
Tom Long, Detroit News

What's somewhat surprising is you don't have to give a hoot about hockey to enjoy the movie. This is just a guy living his dream: Hitting people. Full Review

Kyle Smith
March 30, 2012
Kyle Smith, New York Post

"Goon" easily takes the title of second-best hockey comedy I've ever seen. Full Review

Robert Abele
March 29, 2012
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Scott isn't bad: He sells the comedy of his character's ingrained politeness as much as the aggression. But "Goon" feels like a movie starring a gimmick, not a person. Full Review

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Facts


    • Eva: You make me want to stop sleeping with a bunch of guys.
    • Doug Glatt: That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.
    • Doug Glatt: 69! Take the number 69. It's hilarious.
    • Doug Glatt: I think I nailed him.
    • Ronnie Hortense: Good skills. Too bad those are your own guys you just fucked up.
    • Doug Glatt: Oh sorry.
    • Ronnie Hortense: On the bright side. Those were your own guys you just fucked up.
    • Ronnie Hortense: THIS IS NOT FUCKIN BASEBALL!
    • Eva: I'm sorry I don't 'like' like you.
    • Doug Glatt: This is awkward. [reveals present]

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