I like hockey, and I have to say, I have to say, Michael Dowse's new hockey comedy, Goon, looks pretty funny, almost an homage to the grand-daddy of hockey comedies, Slap Shot. Of course that had Paul Newman (and Michael Ontkean when he was hot) I even liked Mystery, Alaska (with Russell Crowe.) After the fun of the blood spattered trailers, Magnolia Pictures has dropped a few clips for us to share. Just good dirty hockey fun.
Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local Beantown bar and a bit of an embarrassment to his accomplished family, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) dreams of the kind of success enjoyed by minor league hockey goon Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a bloody fist fight that Doug easily wins, the coach of the Halifax Highlanders sees potential in this mammoth sized man who is only hampered by his lack of any hockey playing ability and his brother’s old figure skates. Standing up to the taunts of the other players, Doug manages to join the team, and with the encouragement of his hockey obsessed best friend (Jay Baruchel) quickly becomes a rising star. Soon he’ll have the opportunity to face off against Ross "The Boss" Rhea and perhaps finally land a girlfriend. Now – all he needs is to learn how to skate.
Seann William Scott I can take or leave, but Kim Coates (who is so brilliant in Sons of Anarchy) might be enough to get me into the theater all by himself. That said, it is inspired that big ole daddy bear Liev Schreiber is the villain here. Love. It.
“I Prefer Corndogs”
“I’m Gloug Datt”
“You Wanna Be an Assassin?”
Goon is now playing in the UK, on VOD in the US and will get a limited US theatrical release on March 30.