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Goon (2011)

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Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

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Michael Dowse
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seann William Scott ... Doug Glatt
Jay Baruchel ... Pat
Alison Pill ... Eva
Liev Schreiber ... Ross Rhea
Eugene Levy ... Dr. Glatt
Marc-André Grondin ... Xavier LaFlamme
Kim Coates ... Ronnie Hortense
Nicholas Campbell ... Rollie Hortense
Richard Clarkin Richard Clarkin ... Gord Ogilvey
Jonathan Cherry ... Marco Belchior
Ricky Mabe ... John Stevenson
George Tchortov ... Evgeni
Karl Graboshas ... Oleg
Larry Woo Larry Woo ... Park Kim
Stephen Sim Stephen Sim ... Backup Goalie
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Storyline

Doug Glatt of Orange, 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 believes ... Written by Huggo

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Meet Doug, The Nicest Guy You'll Ever Fight.

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, non-stop language, some strong sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

There is also a cameo by then Boston Bruin's goalie, Tim Thomas. He can be seen behind Rhea heading into the arena from the Shamrocks bus, for the Shamrocks/Highlanders game. See more »

Goofs

The bridge over the railway yards in Orangetown is actually the Arlington Street Bridge in Winnipeg. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: Look at you, you're a - you're a fucking beast. You're like the fucking Hebrew Dolph Lundgren or some shit.
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Crazy Credits

Footage of Douglas Smith as an ice hockey enforcer, on whose autobiography this is based, is shown towards the end of the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Riverdale Stomp
Written by Ben Foster & Dan Schafer
Performed by The Riverdales
Courtesy of Fat Wreck Chords
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The trailer doesn't do this justice.
18 January 2012 | by leana555See all my reviews

I hadn't read or heard much about Goon before I went to see it; all I'd seen was the trailer. I didn't even realise that it was based on a true story. I wasn't expecting it to be that good, but was pleasantly surprised.

I was expecting that the funny bits in the trailer were all that would be on offer but the whole film was seeped in that simple (albeit sometimes unnerving) comedy that had the audience laughing out loud often.

Furthermore, beneath the usual humour we've come to expect from Goldberg, there is a much deeper underlying story to it. It was even endearing in parts. OK so 'endearing' isn't the best word to describe a comedy sports film that has as much gore as it has humour, but the way that Seann William Scott portrays Doug really did something of touching my heart, and it was refreshing to see Scott play the role.

Granted it may not clean up at the Oscars, but the story of a guy who really has no idea where he belongs is both hilariously and sweetly told in Goon, with a great relationship conveyed between Doug and his friend - excellently played by Baruchel - who seems to be the only one who believes in him.

Teamed (no pun intended) with the banter generated with the game of hockey and Doug's fellow players, this really makes for a must-see for any sports film fan, or comedy film fan, or indie film fan. There's a love story in there too for the romance fans. Which could potentially give Goon a pretty huge audience. If people ignore the trailer, that is.

Yes the whole story is slightly clichéd, but this film does so much more than the trailer gives it credit for, and deserves the word to be spread that this really is worth a watch.


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Release Date:

24 February 2012 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,232,860, 26 February 2012

Gross USA:

$4,168,528

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,985,158
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1.85 : 1
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