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Doug Glatt of Orangetown, Massachusetts is floundering in life, he having no real sense of where he fits - having a "thing" as he calls it. He doesn't have the book smarts to become a doctor like his adoptive father or his gay adoptive brother Ira. And he doesn't have the passion that his best friend Pat has for his self-appointed work, hosting a hockey based cable call-in show, Hot Ice. Because his fists and skull are figuratively like steel, Doug is good at the enforcement part of his job as a bouncer despite he having a naturally friendly childlike approach to dealing with people and situations. An incident involving Doug in the stands of an Orangetown Assassins minor league hockey game leads to its coach, Rollie Hortense, offering Doug a tryout with the team as its enforcer, the tryout regardless of the fact that Rollie has no idea if Doug even knows how to play ice hockey (which he doesn't). Learning just enough hockey skills, Doug makes the team. Rollie, however, quickly ... Written by
Georges Laraque: The former NHL enforcer has a small role as an enforcer for the Albany Patriots. His character fights both Glatt and Rhea during the movie. See more »
Doug comes out of a convenience store in Halifax carrying a case of beer. You cannot buy beer at convenience stores in Nova Scotia (or, for that matter, in Manitoba, where the film was shot). See more »
I did it. I broke up with him.
I don't even know what the fuck I'm...
Hey, come on. From what I saw from him he seemed like a really nice guy.
I'm just not in love with him.
No. You. You make me want to stop sleeping with a bunch of guys.
That's the nicest thing anybody's ever said to me.
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I must say I was a bit nervous as a Hockey fan about how this movie would fare in UK. There is a fairly good following but there are still a lot of people who don't realise that fighting is part of the game and that 'Goons' actually do play the game.
I thought there were some good laughs, entertaining fights and an overall heartwarming story that for me make this into a very entertaining movie. Yes, the dialogue and jokes are simple and the plot is quite thin but what were we expecting? Too many people expect movies to all be Oscar-contenders and don't see a film for what it is, in this case and entertaining comedy-drama that doesn't take itself even slightly seriously.
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