The maple syrup blooded Canadian in me just digs this film so, so much. Director Dowse and scriptwriters Baruchel and company just get it. And by 'it' I mean down and dirty hockey. The most fun hockey flick since 'Slap Shot' with more cursing than 'Scarface" and more violence than a trip to see the UFC. Scott is well cast here but the film belongs to the aging enforcer played to perfection by Liev Schreiber..
A brutally violent, white-knuckled comedy with a large helping of insular Canadian humour. Surprisingly, a very touching story shines through the bloodshed. It's undoubtedly the best film of Seann William Scott's career, with a great supporting cast. It also feels great to see Canadian cities like St. John's and Halifax on a big screen with a roaring audience.
Sports movies can be a hard sell for me. I generally don't care. But this on the other hand, is pretty damn flawless! Underneath the vulgarity and bloody ascepts of the movie, is a wide-eyed innocent performance from Seann William Scott! He portrays violence and masculinity with a gentleness that's hard not to be charmed by. The way the movie uses simple cinematic gestures to enter a realm of hyper realism is great!
As a Maritimer, I can tell you that being Canadian has nothing to do with whether or not you will enjoy The Goon, but everything to do with whether or not you enjoy watching Seann William Scott act like a legitimately retarded Happy Gilmore for 90 minutes. People keep comparing this to Slap Shot, which is outrageous, because the vaguely-Canadian The Goon has more in common with Dodgeball.
I am not Canadian and I know nothing about hockey but goddamn it this movie is delightful. For such a violent film, it was surprisingly good-natured and earnest, mostly due to Sean William Scott's dim-witted but sweet Doug. The entire ensemble was wonderful though and the teammates' banter had me screaming with laughter. This was just one of those movies I was sad to see end and I know I'll watch over and over.
This was fun. Anyone expecting the bells and whistles (or budget) of a significant sports film will be disappointed. This is basically Happy Gilmore on ice - or if he never played golf - but with a heart of gold. Sean William Scott is ridiculously perfect for this role and should be given more respect as an actor. The film moves quickly, is self-aware, and is smart enough to give us what matters - fights and comedy.