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364 Ratings


Directed by Michael Dowse
Canada, United States, 2011
Comedy, Sport


Goon is a raucous, hilarious take on Canada’s one true national obsession — hockey — and the divisive topic of violence in the game.

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Goon Directed by Michael Dowse

Awards & Festivals

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

2013 | Nominee: Best Canadian Film

Vancouver Film Critics Circle

2013 | 3 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film

Genie Awards

2013 | 6 nominations including: Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Goon

    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..

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Goon

    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.

  • LoverofLeCinema's rating of the film Goon

    Jay Baruchel's character in this film is the most obnoxious thing I've ever seen in a movie. It's almost epic how terrible he is. Everything else is pretty bad.

  • This is Jake Kath's rating of the film Goon

    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!

  • Tyler Aikens's rating of the film Goon

    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.

  • davy's rating of the film Goon

    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.

  • Michael Peer's rating of the film Goon

    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.

  • Felix Millan's rating of the film Goon

    I marvel at how well made this film was. It has every reason to be terrible. Brutal, violent, sweet, and humanzing. This has to the best soccer movie ever made. Mexcio would be so proud.

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