3 out of 5 stars

Sweet-natured simpleton Doug Glatt (Scott) is a Jewish antistereotype in the flesh: Rather than follow his parents’ wishes to be a doctor or lawyer, our hero realizes his true calling is as an icebound enforcer. Once this former nightclub bouncer actually learns to skate, Doug swiftly slugs his way through the Canadian semipro hockey ranks, becoming an underground hero to fanboys like childhood pal Ryan (coscreenwriter Baruchel) and rallying a team of listless misfits to the playoffs. Despite being as pathetically penile-obsessed as any postmillennial comedy, Goon prevails where other sports-film farces fail thanks to Scott’s winning, unwinking performance; Liev Schreiber’s spot-on turn as a wizened, clock-punching rink assassin; and a pucked-up love of a bloody game.

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By: Eric Hynes


Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday March 30 2012
Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Dowse
Screenwriter: Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg
Cast: Jay Baruchel
Seann William Scott
Liev Schreiber
Kim Coates
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