I admit, I’m not a big hockey guy. My sports plate is pretty full with football, basketball and baseball. I like watching hockey, I just never really invested myself in it. I enjoy watching a few Bruins games every season, and it was hard not to get swept up in the emotion of the Stanley Cup run this year, but at the end of the day, it’s a sport I respect and appreciate, even if I’m not a dedicated fan.
On the other hand, I love hockey movies. Maybe it’s just because I love sports movies, maybe it’s because movies like Slap Shot, Miracle and Mystery, Alaska are so damn fun, but I always enjoy a good hockey movie. Which is why I have high hopes for Goon, the story of a bar bouncer who discovers he has a knack for fisticuffs and skating on a minor league hockey team, and becomes their resident enforcer. The story is based on the book “Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey,” written by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio, and it’s got an… interesting cast. Seann William Scott plays the lead, and the always fantastic (even in shitty movies) Liev Schreiber plays his arch rival (with an absolutely sick mustache). It co-stars Jay Baruchel (who co-wrote the screenplay) and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World actress Alison Pill (who tied with Kieran Culkin as the best character in that film). That’s a pretty great cast, and if you’ve got issues with Seann William Scott, then allow me to direct you to his hilariously enjoyable performance in The Rundown. It should wash the taste of Stifler out of your mouth.
In any event, the film debuted at TIFF recently to a very positive reception, which is no surprise given it was a room full of Canadiakistans. The film was purchased shortly thereafter by Magnet pictures. And damn if the trailer below doesn’t look fun. Watch:
To whet your whistle a bit more, here are the two lead character posters:
That’s good bleedin’ right there.