Big Jim’s Big Movie Reviews: Goon


“Goon” is a movie based on the book

Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey.

The movie stars:

  • Seann William Scott as Doug “The Thug” Glatt
  • Liev Schreiber as Ross “The Boss” Rhea
  • Jay Baruchel as Pat

In this film Seann William Scott plays a very different role from his usual work. We are accustomed to seeing him play quick-witted, over- the-top characters such as “Stifler” in the “American Pie” series. However, in “Goon”, he plays a dim-witted simple type who has a heart of gold – Doug Glatt. Doug, although a bit simple, has a caring nature with a constant desire to help and protect people. Doug has parents with unreasonable expectations of him – wanting him to become a doctor like his father and brother. Despite their parents’ obvious disapproval, Doug loves and supports his brother who is gay. His defence of his brother is what ultimately gets him a position on the Assassins hockey team as an enforcer. Doug is searching for “his thing”; his place in life, and he desperately wants his parents’ support. Although he doesn’t get it, he does find a family of sorts in the team.

Jay Baruchel, who also co-wrote the movie, plays Pat who is Doug’s hockey-crazed best friend. Pat takes Doug to a hockey game, where a disgruntled player starts abusing the crowd, calling them faggots. Doug being so supportive and defensive of his brother, proceeds to beat the shit out of this player gaining the attention of the rival coach. From there, Doug moves up the ranks gaining notoriety and leaving blood, teeth and broken egos on the ice.

Liev Schreiber plays Ross “The Boss” Rhea the legendary enforcer who receives a long suspension at the start of the film. While Ross is on suspension, Doug is moving up in the hockey world and as Ross is set to get back on the ice the battle everyone wants to see is Ross “The Boss” Rhea VS Doug “The Thug” Glatt. 

My opinion is that this film is most definitely a “Must See” for an easy laugh. I got a smile in the first ten seconds. I think Seann William Scott gives a great performance creating comedy through a different sort of character. There isn’t too much to the story and the movie could have been a train wreck, but it is saved to a large extent by Seann’s character development of Glatt. I was sucked in by his performance, although I acknowledge that it may be hard for others to enjoy Seann in this kind of role as much as his usual thing.

 The rest of the cast do a fantastic job. The fight scenes really showcase the brutality of ice hockey, and the fact that the story is based on real events is something that always draws me in. About half way through the credits, you get to see some clips of the real Doug – an appealing verification of the true story.

 All in all a great movie

This was another Big Jim review.

 (Seann William Scott is better than Nicolas Cage)