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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Doug Glatt
... Pat
... Eva
... Ross Rhea
... Dr. Glatt
... Xavier LaFlamme
... Ronnie Hortense
... Rollie Hortense
... Gord Ogilvey
... Marco Belchior
... John Stevenson
... Evgeni
... Oleg
Larry Woo ... Park Kim
Stephen Sim ... Backup Goalie
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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 Huggo

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

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Comedy | Sport

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

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24 February 2012 (Canada)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$49,076, 30 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,168,144, 27 May 2012
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Mike Ricci: The former NHL center can been seen several times playing for the Halifax Highlanders. See more »

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When the Highlanders face Quebec in Quebec City, the name of the arena is shown as the MTS Centre, which is actually located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The logos for the MTS Centre and advertisements for Manitoba-based companies can be seen throughout the game. Quebec City's main arena is the Colisée Pepsi. See more »

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Ryan: Ladies and gentlemen, this is actually fucking happening. Dougie "The Thug" Glatt is about to fucking drop the gloves and take on Ross "The Boss" Rhea. This has all the elements of a fucking sports masterpiece. Holy fuck! We've got the worried lady friend's face frozen with concern. We got the gay brother. Yup! And the loveable, wisecracking best friend. Orangetown, son! Pussy crew, album dropping. Oh fuck, here we go!
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
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It's all about the "feel"
28 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

There is one element that distinguishes a "great" sports movie from a "good" sports movie. It's "the feel". It doesn't matter if the movie is about baseball, basketball, football or hockey. If it doesn't smack of authenticity you might as well flip over to a live game. "The Natural" had the feel of baseball and for hockey "Slapshot" has always been the template for the great hockey movie. I happily add "Goon" to that rarefied space.

As far as movie making goes, it has all the right stuff. The acting is convincing and solid, the jokes are funny and there is lots of on-ice action. But the defining feature of this film is that it feels real. It feels like these are real guys playing a real game in front of real fans. True hockey fans will get the in jokes, wince at the ankle injury, relate to the dressing room banter, and feel tempted to yell "head's up" when the bad guy starts to take a run at the little guy.

The key scene is, of course, the final showdown between "good goon" and "bad goon". We know it's coming, but sometimes we know the NHL fights are inevitable, as the tough guys line up before the face-off and start jabbering. The build-up is just as visceral in "Goon", and when they finally drop the gloves it reminded me of that great final shoot-out scene in "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly", as the guys do the pre-fight strip tease and wait for other to draw first.

I will risk the wrath of my fellow hockey fans who have grown up worshipping at the church of "Slapshot". It was a great movie, although a bit long. I found "Goon" to be more entertaining, as authentic and more believable. Nice work guys!


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