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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 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. -- (C) Magnolia


Liev Schreiber
as Ross Rhea
Kim Coates
as Ronnie Hortense
Eugene Levy
as Dr. Glatt
Nicholas Campbell
as Rollie Hortense
Marc-Andre Grondin
as Xavier LaFlamme
Ali Hassan
as Uncle Stevie
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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (19)

  • 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.

    Jan 8, 2013
  • [Scott] is reason enough to see the film, which otherwise is a by-the-book sports comedy.

    Apr 20, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/4

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • The movie is harsh, nasty and vulgar like you wouldn't believe. And often, it's hilarious.

    Apr 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's an underdog story that doesn't take itself too seriously, tender as a bruise and about as blue.

    Mar 30, 2012 | Full Review…

    William Goss
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 30, 2012 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Goon

  • Feb 02, 2019
    Funny, pretty enjoyable.
    Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    You don't at all need to be a fan of Hockey, sports movies or Sean William Scott to enjoy Goon. I know because I don't care for any of them and I still thought it was great. Less cask wine than expected though.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2016
    A frustrating movie that has many moments of promise. The script is pretty poor and Seann simply can't manage the required character nuances well enough to compensate, leaving the viewer with alternate moments of genuine hilarity and embarrassment. I mean, if you didn't know it was based on a true story you'd think you were watching Happy Gilmore at times. As a result, it's also a lost opportunity to tap more insightfully into a niche culture. I enjoyed quite a few moments in this film, and thought substanstially less of others. The depiction of violence can be pretty ham-fisted in a pretentious sort of way too. There's a good story here that's worth telling, but this effort doesn't quite get there.
    Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2016
    I haven't seen an ice hockey movie this good since the legendary The Mighty Ducks from Disney. This has heart, drama and is just enthralling, with Seann William Scott as an unlikely hero. Thankfully, a sequel is due out this year.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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