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Goon (Blu-ray Review)

20 May, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Street 5/29/12
Box Office $4.16 million
$26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray, $34.98 BD/DVD combo
Rated ‘R’ for brutal violence, non-stop language, some strong sexual content and drug use.
Stars Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Eugene Levy.

Doug (Seann William Scott) isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. And he’s well aware that his strength is, well, his strength.

With fists of iron that bloody anything that gets in their way, Doug catches the eye of a minor league hockey coach during a game after getting into a fight with one of the players. Though he doesn’t know how to ice skate, Doug’s fighting skills are more than enough to make the team.

So Doug leaves his job as a bouncer, much to the excitement of his foul-mouthed and fellow hockey-loving friend Ryan (Jay Baruchel) and the disappointment of his parents who want him to have a more intelligent career. As the team’s enforcer, or goon, his job is to intimidate and fight opposing teams.

But Doug isn’t a dumb meathead. He’s a likable, polite guy with a lot of heart. Scott steps out of his trademark Stifler-type character to masterfully translate Doug’s lack of brains into a sweet innocence rather than making him an obnoxious cretin.

Doug is soon traded to another team that’s one step below the pros to help pull new teammate Xavier Laflamme out of a slump. Laflamme is a talented pro hockey player who was bumped down after a brawl on the ice left him with a serious concussion and whole lot of fear. But Laflamme feels threatened by Doug, who wants nothing more than to play his best for his quirky teammates. 

Goon is a guy’s film, with bloody hockey violence, crude locker room talk, vulgarity from Baruchel’s wild character, as well as some subtle, dry humor that sets this movie apart.

The film is based on Doug Smith’s biography Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey. Stick with the end credits, and you’ll see footage of the real Doug.

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