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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 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 ... 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 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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USA | Canada

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English | French

Release Date:

24 February 2012 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Avanak See more »

Filming Locations:

Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,076, 30 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,168,144, 27 May 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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A great majority of the cast is comprised by Canadian actors, including the well-established actors in Hollywood like Jay Baruchel, Kim Coates, Alison Pill and Eugene Levy. The only non-Canadians in major roles are Minnesota-native Seann William Scott and New Yorker Liev Schreiber. Ironically, Baruchel plays an American character (a thickly-accented Massachusetts native) in the film, while Schreiber plays a Canadian character. See more »

Goofs

As Doug and Eva are supposedly walking down the street in Halifax, a street sign indicates they are on Valour Road, which is a street of historic significance located in Winnipeg. See more »

Quotes

Ronnie Hortense: It's time to make up for your mistake. Look at the penalty clock. And when I say, you get over there. Stand in front of that box and wait for that ugly bugger.
Doug Glatt: Yes, sir.
Ronnie Hortense: Do exactly what I say!
Doug Glatt: Yes, sir. Of course.
Ronnie Hortense: Exactly what I say. You got it? Nothing else.
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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

Referenced in The Hour: Episode #8.13 (2011) See more »

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Working Man
Written by Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson
Performed by Rush
Courtesy of Anthem Records Inc./Universal
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Puttin' on the foil, coach.
27 February 2012 | by K_AntiveninSee all my reviews

One of my all-time favorite comedies is Slap Shot, so I had at least a marginal interest in seeing Goon. After reading a recent interview with Baruchel in the Vancouver Sun, the movie sounded like it just might have the heart to carry the flame that Slap Shot lit. Sure, no question, Goon comes off as somewhat of an homage, but it's done right, not overtly, balancing the necessary brutality and tastelessness with just enough sweetness. Which is a hell of a lot more than I can say for that pitiful attempt at a Slap Shot sequel.

I'm also not usually a fan of Seann William Scott's typecast everybrah, but his portrayal of Dougie Glatt as a soft-spoken and polite bruiser really is charming. The movie's not without its flaws: Sure, Baruchel's character is irritating and barely necessary, and Eugene Levy is tragically underused, and the subplot with the love interest is kinda out-of-place, but I overlooked those things because the meat of the movie is gold. The comedy is solid, the teammate/coach characters are amazing, and the film's sheer love of the game really, really shines through.

So my recommendation is ya pick up a twelve of Moosehead, throw on your old Chiefs jersey, and hunker down for a lot of laughs.


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