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Goon (2012)

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82

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 84 | Rotten: 19

Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart.

85

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 4

Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart.

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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

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Sports & Fitness, Comedy

Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg

May 29, 2012

$4.2M

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As the brutality ramps up, and the story gains real consequence, for some reason, we actually laugh harder. Goon is a comedy, often a very funny one, but you might be hesitant to call it that once you've actually seen it.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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[Scott] is reason enough to see the film, which otherwise is a by-the-book sports comedy.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The movie's unlikely sincerity can't completely offset its ugliness for less bloodthirsty viewers, but it helps, and it does smooth over some narrative rough edges.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (3)
Boston Globe
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The movie is harsh, nasty and vulgar like you wouldn't believe. And often, it's hilarious.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's an underdog story that doesn't take itself too seriously, tender as a bruise and about as blue.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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George Roy Hill's classic Slap Shot may still hold the title as the quintessential hockey comedy, but Goon certainly deserves to be mentioned in its company, juggling charm and grit and raunch and bloody teeth with assuredness and aplomb.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap
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Crosses the blue line so often you're compelled to pin it against the boards and administer a quick knee to the groin.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

The result is a 92-minute misconduct penalty.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

A disarmingly sweet descendant of the blood-on-the-ice classic Slap Shot.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

It's the kind of small-budget comedy that earns your goodwill early and easily, even if it isn't breaking new ground or transcending its readily apparent monetary constraints.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Scott, never known for being choosy about his roles, actually has ended up in a sweet little movie.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

This so-called hockey thug is actually a nice guy and I found myself rooting for him to knock those other players out. This film is based on a true story.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

An appealing low-brow farce going at full speed to capture in its cartoonish presentation the cliches, macho dynamics, violence and fights of minor league hockey players.

November 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What we end up with is a film that just isn't interesting, entertaining, or funny.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Goon will definitely provide an entertaining diversion from the February blahs and may even leave you cheering for more.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The bloodier the film gets, the sweeter Scott's lion-hearted enforcer seems, cheerfully taking pucks and sticks and skates to the face with a smile, all in the service of his beloved team.

August 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Liberally peppered with profanities and comedic hockey-related violence, Goon finds plenty to laugh at in the coarse words and antics of athletes.

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Goon is a remarkably sweet, shockingly violent and incredibly enjoyable movie that ranks up there as one of the best hockey films ever made.

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comment (1)
IGN DVD

a film about honor, love and loyalty that transcends its subject matter and can connect to a larger audience if they give it a chance

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

This proves we don't need a remake of 'Slap Shot.' Funny and violent, 'Goon' is a very good sports movie.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Exuberantly off-color, bloody, and frequently laugh-'til-you-choke hilarious.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Profane, bloody, and sophomoric, it's a comic adrenaline rush with a surprisingly sweet heart.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Main character as endearing as he is brutal

April 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Loveable lug finds his calling as a hockey fighter

April 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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Audience Reviews for Goon

A very simple, and yet beautiful film, about the life of Doug Glatt (William Scott), a bouncer turned hockey enforcer. It remains very sweet as it follows the even tempered and quite friendly Doug while he gratefully takes on the role of enforcer, or hockey fighter, in the minor leagues. The first great thing about this film is that it has some of the bloodiest fights ever seen, and they're all fun to watch because they come from a place of spectator sport and not filthy bloodlust. To say that they're one and the same is subjective, but when it comes to this film they're separated easily enough. What's also interesting seems to be the character that is Doug. While obviously not human in his retention of pain and misunderstanding from everyone around him, he was likable, even lovable. I will say it, I love the character of Doug Glatt, a man who sees the best in everyone and remains humble and loyal. That and the film is just downright entertaining. From the romantic relationship between Glatt and Eva (Pill), to his friendship with the epithet screaming Pat (Baruchel), to his strange rivalry with Ross Rhea (Schreiber), every relationship in this film entertains. The characters are interesting, the sports scenes actually build tension for the forthcoming final game, and some of these shots are just priceless. Especially when it comes to the fight scenes. They are unapologetically bloody, not at all over exaggerated, and feel very real and yet didn't have the same glory attributed to them in the real world. There's definitely a lack of glory, and clarification of what it means to be a hockey hero or someone who protects their team from hateful rivals. It was also great to find out that Doug was a real person in the credits where they showed some of his real hockey fights. They look as gruesome as the film, which lends even further to the film's realism.
September 24, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

Goon is a film that I have revisited a couple times now and badly want it to become a sports comedy classic. It is very funny, pretty violent and vulgar, but well-acted, and oddly sweet. The story surrounds Seann William Scott as Doug Glott, a bouncer-turned-hockey player, after he beats up a hockey player at a game and is recruited to be an enforcer for the Halifax Highlanders. During Glott's time on the team, he successfully beats up many people for the good of the team, while helping the team regain their confidence. At the same time, he falls in love with a girl (Alison Pill), who tends to sleep around quite a bit. Meanwhile, Live Shreiber is also in the film as a veteran enforcer, who plans to retire after this year, but won't go down without a good final fight.

What I really love about Goon is that it is such a nice movie. Given that it is about Doug beating the crap out of people, that may sound strange, but the film is not at all mean-spirited. Doug literally apologizes to the people he hurts, because he means it. He is just doing what he is told, but admires hockey and the players a great deal. Seann William Scott does some of his best work here, further showing that he is much better than just playing Stifler in other films. Everyone is quite good here, with Schreiber really delivering in spades, as he nails this part of the veteran fighter, who even gets a chance to embody De Niro in Heat, during a diner confrontation with Scott's character.

Written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, the film is based on a true story, but manages to deliver huge in the way of laughs and fun all around. The story is a fun alternative to standard sports tales, the actors are all invested enough, without going over the top in a way that is unfitting of the tone of the film, and the general spirit of this very R-rated features is very welcoming to all who enjoy films like Slap Shot or Bull Durham.
February 1, 2013
DrZeek

Super Reviewer

Here is a comedy that really, really got overlooked in 2012(hell I didn't see it til 2013, and it came out in March). This is probably one of the best hockey movies ever. Long story short, Sean William Scott stars as Doug Glatt. He's a bar bouncer who is dumber than the average person, but can fight. One night at a hockey game he beats up a player and from there he is instantly sought after to be the Goon(guy who fights during games) for the Halifax Highlanders(it's a minor league team). It all leads up to a final showdown fight with the legend good Ross Rhea played by Liev Schreiber. This is Scott's best performance outside of Stifler. He is funny, charming, and comes across as a guy you'd wanna hang out with it, but never fight. Schreiber is awesome here too, mullet and all. Jay Baruchel(the skinny guy from "She's out of My league") wrote it and co-stars, and the guy is comedic gold. There are a lot of good one liners, and the violence is way over the top, and hilarious(slow shots of a tooth hitting the ice). If you want a good R rated adult, raunchy, sports comedy, then you should definitely watch this.
January 16, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

"Goon" is a very conventional but enjoyable little sports comedy, a light non-commitment that's biggest downside is it's annoyingly immature sense of humor.
January 14, 2013
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

    1. Eva: You make me want to stop sleeping with a bunch of guys.
    2. Doug Glatt: That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.
    – Submitted by Jonathan R (3 months ago)
    1. Doug Glatt: 69! Take the number 69. It's hilarious.
    – Submitted by Bryan G (8 months ago)
    1. Doug Glatt: I think I nailed him.
    – Submitted by Adam C (9 months ago)
    1. Ronnie Hortense: Good skills. Too bad those are your own guys you just fucked up.
    2. Doug Glatt: Oh sorry.
    3. Ronnie Hortense: On the bright side. Those were your own guys you just fucked up.
    – Submitted by Connor N (15 months ago)
    1. Ronnie Hortense: THIS IS NOT FUCKIN BASEBALL!
    – Submitted by Connor N (15 months ago)
    1. Eva: I'm sorry I don't 'like' like you.
    2. Doug Glatt: This is awkward. [reveals present]
    – Submitted by Connor N (15 months ago)
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