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Nordling Says GOON Is A Great F&$king Movie!

Nordling here.

Well, GOON just thoroughly gobsmacked me.

Let me back up a bit.  I try not to be judgmental against any movies.  But even then, some slip through the cracks.  And in this day and age, I need to change my sensibilities a little bit.  You see, VOD is really coming into its own - has been for a while now.  But I'm still a stickler for the theatrical experience, and I try to see everything I can in the theater.  So, when it comes to those movies that go VOD first before hitting the theatrical window, I tend to blow them off.  "I'll wait for the theater," I say to myself, even though I know that a hockey movie like GOON probably won't play a country mile from Houston, Texas.  But then Beaks raved about it.  And then one by one, a lot of reviewers I admire did the same.  So, I bit the bullet and did the VOD thing.

There are movies out there that I call, in the parlance of TRUE ROMANCE's Clarence Worley, "Great Fuckin' Movies."  DIE HARD's a GFM.  So's RIO BRAVO.  So's HEAT, and ROCKY, and PREDATOR, and Carpenter's THE THING, and so on.  They aren't necessarily awards winners, but when you're done, you sit back, with a satisfied sigh, itch firmly scratched, and say to no one in particular, "That was a Great Fuckin' Movie."  Well, GOON is a Great Fuckin' Movie.  It delivers on every level - humor, emotion, action, and terrific acting from none other than Seann William Scott, who has just made the performance of his career so far.  And I'm not even a hockey fan.

Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is a bouncer at the local bar, a nice enough guy who apologizes after punching the crap out of people who cross the line.  He and his friend Ryan (Jay Baruchel, who also co-wrote the hilarious script with Evan Goldberg) are also hockey fans - Ryan has a web show about the subject which highlights all the impressive beatdowns of the week.  They especially admire Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber), a goon who has never been taken down in the rink and whose fights are the stuff of legend.  Rhea's on the downslope of his career, playing minor league hockey for one final year before he retires.

At a local match, Ryan riles up one of the players in the penalty box, who goes after him in the stands.  But Doug clinically, methodically, takes him down, helmet and all.  It gets the attention of the team coach, and before he realizes it Doug's training how to skate and is on the team.  He's simply there to do what he does best - take down the other guys and get them fighting and penalized so that Doug's team can score.  Eventually, Doug's skills get him noticed by the Halifax Highlanders, a team just below the major leagues, and puts him on a collision course with Rhea, goon vs. goon, the greatest vs. the up-and-comer.

Seann William Scott has never been better as Doug Glatt.  He's a nice Jewish boy, trying to live up to his parents' (Eugene Levy and Ellen David) high expectations - Doug's other brother is a doctor, but Doug simply doesn't have the mental faculties to do that.  Plus, there's Eva (Alison Pill), who digs hockey players and obviously likes Doug a lot, but there's the fact that she's already got a boyfriend.  Doug's life wasn't nearly as complicated when he bounced, and Scott plays him as an honorable man who knows his limitations, but he also knows what he's good at.  He's fiercely loyal, especially to Xavier Laflamme (Marc-Andre Grondin), and Xavier can barely stand Doug at all.  Most of all, Doug's loyal to his team.  He's their knight in shining jersey, and woe to any other players who cross him.

Liev Schreiber is also great as Rhea - he's a man who once had dreams of being a great player, but figured out his place a long time ago and has made peace with it.  He's the shark of the movie, and you know that Glatt and Rhea will have to face off eventually.  But the movie plays up that moment appropriately.  The supporting cast also does good work, especially Pill and Baruchel.  There's a camaraderie to the performances that feels genuine and makes the movie so rich and enjoyable.

The script by Baruchel and Goldberg is terrific.  It's funny, but also rich with emotion.  The movie moves very well as directed by Michael Dowse (IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG) - a lesser film would have had the entire skate training sequence take three times as long, and instead we're right in the middle of the story with very little wasted time.  When sports movies work, they can glide by all the cliches with charm and spirit, and while GOON doesn't exactly break the mold genre-wise, it's got more charm and spirit than it knows what to do with.

GOON is available now on Video On Demand, and will soon be in theaters - it already is in some places.  I feel a little late to the game writing this, but I don't care - GOON is too much of a good time not to talk about.  It's rumored that Scott jumped ship from Kevin Smith's HIT SOMEBODY to make this, and although I know next-to-nothing about Smith's script, judging from GOON alone I'd say he made the right choice.  GOON does what all Great Fuckin' Movies do - they make everything right in the world, at least for the space of an hour and a half.  Comparisons to SLAP SHOT are unavoidable, obviously, but GOON may be the first hockey movie since that film to stand up tall and proud, smiling bloodily, with several teeth missing.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • April 7, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Damn, wonder if it's still OnDemand-able

    by iamnicksaicnsn

  • April 7, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Count me in. Go Sabres.

    by BYOBkenobi

  • April 7, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Great movie.

    by James Merritt

    That is all....

  • April 7, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    You just read...

    by wormcheck

    a fake review for a fake leaked movie. A fake within a fake ....inside a leak(fake).

  • April 7, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I hate hockey, but Goon was fantastic!

    by Ivan Drago

    Great movie...caught it on HDNet early premieres. I will definitely snag the blu on May 29th.

  • April 7, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Just watched this on VOD the other night.

    by jgrantt18

    I'm a big hockey fan so when this movie started getting good reviews I wanted to see it but it wasn't playing anywhere close to me. I agree it was a great fuckin' movie. Hopefully this movie can build up a good cult following; it's really well-made.

  • April 7, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

    And you'd be wrong.

  • April 7, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Not even close, Mel

    by Ivan Drago

    It is an awesome, realistic movie. You can tell it was made by sports lovers who understand the game.

  • April 7, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    As a English man who knows fuck all about hockey Nordling...

    by Kill List Hammertime

    ...would you still recommend? I like fighting, however.

  • April 7, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Saw it 3 times.

    by john

    Got better every time. Bang on - great fuckin movie!

  • April 7, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    jaygarnham - I also know dick about hockey

    by john

    but The Goon was great. Well worth your time.

  • April 7, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Wrong bet, Mel

    by Nervous Energy

    One of the reasons she is into him at all is because she is attracted to the violence of the sport and the way he handles it.

  • April 7, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by john

    that is easily one of my favorite movies this year. and i know with a bunch of blockbusters coming out this year, this one will still rank high with the amount of heart (and vulgarity) in it. BONZAI!

  • April 7, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    Yep. Fantastic movie.

    by Mono

    Caught me off guard as well, but this is just one of those movies that, for reasons which aren't completely clear to me, is compelling as hell. It's funny but not witty. It has something valuable at its core.... I suppose I was expecting it to be sort of one-note? One of those movies that has a gimmick, and just keeps hammering that gimmick. But no, it's nothing like that. It's a tight, brutish, high quality story that just... fuckin' proves itself. Earns its way. It's not a sports cliche movie, and it's not a parody of a sports cliche movie. It's good. It's a good movie. In my opinion.

  • April 7, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    funny shit

    by Mars

    Movie Rocked!

  • April 7, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Was surprised..

    by Garett

    I seen Sean William Scott and a hockey movie called Goon... Was expecting a movie that had nothing but fighting through out another direct to dvd movie. Instead it was actually pretty good. There was an actual story involved with the comedy and the fighting. Id recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good comedy. Like Hockey Hate Hockey this movie was a great time waster worth the watch. And even though there officially out of the playoffs Go Sabres

  • April 7, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Hey... My brother's gay!

    by Negative Man

    Great, brutal and brutally funny at times... GOON is my favorite movie of the year so far. Well worth your time.

  • April 7, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by Caruso72

    Watched it last night. Well worth your time. See it now.

  • April 7, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Movies on VOD rarely play in theaters

    by poseidon72

    Good review but movies on starting on VOD rarely if ever play in theaters. Yes maybe a handful of small theaters but not multiplexes. Goon will not be playing at your local AMC.

  • April 7, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    My son will never play hockey after watching this film...

    by vitruvius

    But we did really enjoy the shit out of it!

  • April 7, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    What happened to the zombies?

    by IAmTommyWiseau

    I thought this was going to be based on that cartoon with the guy who shoots zombies. What the hell?

  • Just if you happen to be Canadian and like hockey (although the goddamn fuckin leafs are going out right now) you will probably like it more. And it got a wide theatrical release up here, same day it hit VOD down there.

  • Go watch Battleship, that sounds like it's more your speed.

  • April 7, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Agree 100%, it is indeed a great movie

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    Everyone should watch it.

  • April 7, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Then you and your son are both pussies

    by IceTitan

    It's no Slap Shot, but it's right up there!

  • April 7, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by Bass Ackwards

    I know nothing about hockey, and after watching the movie I still feel pretty clueless about the sport, still dug the flick though.

  • April 7, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    2 Rules

    by RedeyeJedi

    Dont touch my Percocet, and do you have any Percocet?

  • April 7, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Hockey Simplified

    by lochkray

    You and your team hit rubber disc to end of skating rink with curved stick and insert into opposing team's mesh covered poles. Opposing team attempts to do the same, while making efforts to prevent you from being successful. And, though officially condemned, hitting and fighting is expected. They've even built a small box on the side of every rink they can put you in if you get caught over-doing it. And that's pretty much it. There are lines painted on the ice, and terms like off-side, power plays, and icing, but they're all just technicalities. Now you know enough to go and watch Goon, and enjoy. It is possible to learn all the technical details and rules, but every good Canadian knows that you should drink enough Molson or Labatt's products while watching the games to forget all about them anyway.

  • April 7, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I know nothing about hockey

    by PhaseRat

    But I still enjoyed this film a lot when I saw it earlier this year. I'm quite surprised it still hasn't opened in the US, I would never have thought the UK would get a sports film like this before you.

  • April 7, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Ok thanks guys, will def check it out then.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • April 7, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    This movie was pretty damn good

    by JackSlater4

    Thank you HDNET movies

  • April 7, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    God damn Avs did it again --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- with an incredible season start that slowly dwindled away. Hot and cold Varlomov didn't help. I just hope Landeskog stays with the team awhile before he wises up and gets himself traded.

  • You're comparing it to Heat and The Thing? The only thing it's comparable to is a fresh dog turd.

  • April 7, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Terrific Movie


    And a great review that totally "gets it". If you like hockey, or sports movies, or just good (raucous, f-bomb filled) fun, you'll enjoy this. Now if i can just find a Ross 'The Boss' Rhea jersey!

  • On the flipside, that is Doug's job, to go out there and beat ass. The only moment that it really isn't about fighting is when he blocks a shot on goal. With his fucking grill! And then gets nailed in the face for 3 seconds before the clock runs out. Kinda intense. That aside, I would say this is Sean William Scott's best singular performance in a movie. Stiffler is pretty iconic but one note. He's fantastic as Stiffler but there's a lot more layers here. And fucking Liev Schriber is. .. fucking Liev Schriber. He's awesome but there is depth to his goonery. Also, I'm perfectly fine the only people in this talkback who are slagging on this flick are named "melgibsoncalledmethenword" and "ecto-1". Seems very appropriate to ignore opinions of people with handles like that.

  • April 7, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I'm beyond puzzled why this is getting such good reviews

    by jules windex

    It's mostly awful. Kinda liked Scott's lowkey performance, and Allison Pill is great. But it's not funny, it's not deep. It's barely anything.

  • April 7, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I had a good feeling about this one.

    by zillabeast

    Count me in for certain!

  • April 7, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by yourSTEPDADDY

    quack quack quack

  • April 7, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by lochkray

    I don't have any problem with your comments, except: What's wrong with ecto-1 as a handle? Ecto-1 was the name of the Ghostbuster's car. I thought it was a perfectly acceptable internet title. Is there another meaning to the phrase that I'm not aware of?

  • April 7, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Fuckin' loved this flick

    by Ashs_Right_Hand

    Everyone should go see this movie. Funny, sweet and utterly badass, easily my favorite movie of the year so far. Liev Schreiber absolutely kills, bringing loads of class and heart to what could have easily been a one-dimensional villian.

  • April 7, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    wow... I had to go RIGHT to comments on this one

    by Count Screwface

    Ok, I understand subjectivity, but this movie is terrible. I honestly feel bad for William Scott, and even Doug Smith watching at the premiere. I know it's "based on," but they make Doug Glatt to me a freaking cartoon character. I won't say pass because that would be lame on my part, but to me, it's just not a good movie. The fights are extremely stupid, the comic relief (Baruchel) never gets a lauch, and again, Scott is the complete opposite of what Nordling says. I am pretty much agast at Nord's statement "Seann William Scott has never been better as Doug Glatt." I just don't know what to say after that. I am amazed at these reviews. I love hockey, William Scott, the Superbad guys, everything about it. But it just .. was not good. At all. Actually the only good thing about the movie was Schreiber. I might even go as far as to say that it's not subjective. The acting by Scott is bad. The fights are a freaking joke (looking at LaFlamme while he punches another guy.......?) Decide what kind of movie you want to be. 1/5.. maybe.

  • April 7, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    Great theatre experience!

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    It's too bad most of you are seeing this on VOD, it's a hell of a crowd pleasing movie. It was released wide in Canada in February, I saw it opening weekend with a packed crowd of mostly hockey jersey wearing rowdies, too much fun. I also did something I barely ever do at the movies but for 'Goon' it seemed appropriate; snuck in some beer! Not just any beer, Old Style Pilsner, FUBAR-style! Still the most fun I've had with a movie all year long, just loved it.

  • April 7, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    thanks for the heads up! i have almost rented it numerous times.

    by antonphd

    i will watch it later today.

  • April 7, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Saw it and forgot about it.

    by tradeskilz

    Nothing special in my oppinion and it doens't hold a candle to Die Hard, Predator, Terminator or The Thing.

  • April 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Goon is a funny movie...

    by Greg McCambley

    You are right on with your review of this one, Nordling. I saw this one at my local AMC, and was pleasantly surprised at just how much I laughed at it. It was a very funny movie, and I thought Seann William Scott did a great job in his role. He played it just right. Liev Schreiber was great too. Just an all-around fun time. And for the record, I'm Canadian, and not much of a hockey fan.

  • April 7, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed this as well.

    by Jarek

    Not much else can be said.

  • April 7, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Schrieber is a good director as well.

    by Jarek

    Wish he'd do another film.

  • Your opinion is subjective. Saying something is terrible is not an objective opinion, it is subjective. Therefore many, many other people disagree with you. Because saying the movie is terrible is subjective. for just you. And three or four other guys in this thread. Maybe you can start a club of people who actually dislike Goon? You might swell to well under a dozen or so.

  • April 7, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Funny Movie.

    by Philbert

    Very entertaining, had me laughing pretty hard at times. Well worth spending the time to watch it off my DVR after recording it off of HDNet.

  • April 7, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Sean William Scott

    by Pete Michaelson

    Can truly be excellent when he's in the right movie. He was awesome in Role Models, which is one of my favorite comedies of the past ten years. I'm going to see if this movie is available on Dish tonight.

  • April 7, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Well, I have had my suspicions...

    by Ace of Wands

    ...but whatever miniscule doubts that I have had about Nordling's abject limitations of any sort of narrative to do with film have been put to rest by his/her inclusion of Goon in the same hallowed line up as Rio Bravo, Die Hard, Heat and The Thing. Shame on you, wanker/wankess.

  • April 7, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    by the way...

    by Ace of Wands

  • April 7, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    by the way...

    by Ace of Wands

    ... that isn't to say I didn't enjoy Goon, just that to include it as a peer to the above mentioned films ought to automatically consign anyone, who has considered that seriously, to the film reviewer hall of shame; but I guess that is what AICN has become.

  • April 7, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Kim Coates is in it!

    by sunwukong86

    Under appreciated character actor .

  • April 7, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Wrongmaster Mely Mel

    by shane peterson


  • April 7, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Saw the numerous trailers..

    by DookieMercury

    ... and felt I had to give it a go. It's not Slap Shot but does have that correlation in that apparently in the minors there's a lot more fighting. Movie wise, its comedy is subtle. Scott's performance is equally subtle he plays Doug as a guy you'd just hug. Yet at the same time looks bigger than you normally see him. I heard the analogy of Doug as the most loyal bulldog ever and that seem apropos the guy takes a ridiculous amount of damage, borderline inhuman, yet could dish it out with such ferocity you almost wonder are you watching a horror movie disguised as a hockey movie. Regardless, its a fun surprisingly gory time. The other cast members are on point and it's amazing how team's chemistry is played out in the film. In the end, for such a small flick it gets so much right and even though it strives to be like Slap Shot given its opening titles this is a beast all it own.

  • April 7, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    ok fuckers...

    by ComSamVimes

    ..I'm about to watch this. Don't let me down.

  • April 7, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    It is

    by LastButNotLeastNinja

    A fucking great movir film

  • April 7, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Sean William Scott for Deadpool

    by Erotic Oven

    Ryan Reynolds can go fuck himself.

  • April 7, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Still it didn't have a male strip tease and massive brawl at the end

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    Slapshot is still THE HOCKEY MOVIE.

  • April 7, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Ok..I really Liked it!

    by ComSamVimes

    It's no slapshot, but it was really good.

  • April 8, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Great fucking movie

    by Mark

    and dont spout off about it until youve seen it. some mother fuckers on here are just dumb as shit. Capping on a movie and bitching and making assumptions before youve even seen it, fucking morons. This movie absolutely rocks, every fucking minute of it. See a movie before you bitch about dumbass mother fucking moronic assclowns.

  • April 8, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Sean William Scott for Deadpool is Genius

    by StrokerX

    Great call eroticoven. Haven't seen this but I will now for sure. I've always liked him. Hopefully this and reunion will pump up his status...deservedly so. I'd love to see him play Deadpool.

  • April 8, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Sean Scott made Chow Yun Fat look good in that one movie!

    by ThulsaBoom

    Sorry. I just need attention right now. I didn't mean it.

  • and the fucking 'Canadian' accents in this flick made me want to smash my friends fucking tv. Jay is a funny guy and all but to hear Liev and half the cast talk was painful.

  • April 8, 2012, 1:02 a.m. CST

    its was ok...not F$# great...

    by bowtiehoon

    I was really hyped to see this given the positive reviews I've been reading elsewhere... Maybe I hyped myself out because I thought it was ok, leaning towards meh...

  • April 8, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST


    by Brank Hud

    Take the number sixty-nine, it's hilarious!

  • April 8, 2012, 1:04 a.m. CST

    I live in Houston Too Nord

    by Micah fendley

    I had to watch it on VOD aswell, and Wow. "Jesus jumped up and played the fiddle" I was entertained, and my favorite character was the goalie. "Come on Segfried Come on Roy!" "There will be no Glory Holes tonight" "You fucking Russian Lesbians" EPIC QUOTEABILTY .... "Dont touch my percosets, Do you got any percosets"

  • April 8, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST

    I try not to be judgmental against any movies.

    by eveelcapitalist


  • April 8, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    I stopped when I read that HEAT is a GFM

    by Clio

  • April 8, 2012, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Personally found it pretty mediocre myself...

    by Stegman84

    But then I didn't get to play the interview for good review game either, so...

  • April 8, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    I really wanted to see this film in theaters...

    by bubcus

    I haven't had a chance yet and I am not sure if it is still playing here since it came out months ago. If I can't, then I will see it VOD for sure. Looks like a lot of fun.

  • April 8, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Goon is the greatest drinking film of this generation.

    by Brank Hud

    I frankly can't think of anything that even compares. But that might be because I've been drinking.

  • April 8, 2012, 5:30 a.m. CST

    It was okay, but...

    by Roy Complain

    Jay Baruchel was like a sweary Jar Jar Binks in this movie.

  • April 8, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    In no way...

    by Terence James

    should this movie ever be mentioned in the same breath as DIE HARD, RIO BRAVO, HEAT, ROCKY, PREDATOR and THE THING. It's an adequate time filler at best.

  • and we are not an ice-hockey playing nation as such. Why would it not get a national release in the US?

  • April 8, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    UK resident who knows nothing about hockey

    by kkhr0nikk

    and I've seen it four times, its fucking awesome, its got heart, humour, and ridiculous bare knuckle violence with Puccini playing over the top, if you don't like it you're a dickmouth.

  • I don't even deal with netflix redbox, or VOD crap, well it's not crap but I just tend not to even try to watch movies at home. Never have the time or always doing something else. Oh well if it's not released in theaters then I probably won't see it

  • April 8, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST


    by max

    was out in nyc at amc 25 .But is already gone.

  • fun

  • April 8, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    I really wanted to like it but eh ...

    by freak2thec0re

    Thought it was extremely average

  • April 8, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    and I wonder how "true" the story really is?

    by freak2thec0re

    Did he really get drafted to play on the team because the coach saw him fighting in the stands? Came off as a reaaally big stretch on screen

  • April 8, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I really liked it.

    by JediWuddayaknow

    But it's REALLY mis-advertised. It really didn't feel like a comedy. There are funny moments, but it's not the raucous comedy they advertised it to be. It's actually kind of sad. And the first part of the movie is just BLASTED through. It's a total whirlwind just to get him on that team. And Sean William Scott's character was nothing like I expected, especially out of a movie like this. But, I think that's a good thing. There's NO Stifler in this character, which is something Scott's never done before. And Jay Baruchel is just fucking obnoxious. I couldn't stand his character, and every time he was off screen was a God damned blessing. I would have LOVED to have just seen more of the Gay brother. He's the only one who in Doug's family who supports him, and he's basically the reason Doug gets into the whole thing. And it could have been hilarious to have the gay brother be the loudmouth at a hockey game. But really, it's a good movie.

  • Moomba has Spoken.

  • April 8, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Actually paid to watch it on iTunes

    by Richie_Rich

    But I'm getting senile. I just laughed at the new Adam Sandler trailer.

  • April 8, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by zer05um

    Acting reasonable, script a B-, action probably coherent from a hockey fan's perspective but to outsiders a lot of meaningless brawling*. To be honest I think I fell asleep around the 45 minute mark for a bit. __________ * Unless that is the point of hockey. Not sure.

  • April 8, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by The Minn

    actually there isn't. so ya. badmouthing a movie without seeing it.

  • April 8, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Um, Nordling...ROCKY won three Oscars.

    by Logan_1973

    Including Best Pic.

  • April 8, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    papabendi - it's simple

    by wcolbert

    UK is a far smaller territory to cover for a wide release - and most importantly, it wasn't viewed as lucrative to wide-release a hockey movie like this in the U.S., where the primary focus in terms of sports has always been football (not soccer), basketball, and baseball. Hockey has its followers, but not nearly to the extent that the NFL or NBA does. Also, it's got quite a bit of violence and some nudity - so it's not really a family movie, either. It just wouldn't be a good financial move for a relatively low budget hockey movie to see a major theatrical release throughout the US. That's my guess, anyway.

  • April 8, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by papabendi

    It didn't make much here. It was really pushed as an ice hockey movie in a country that doesn't play ice hockey. That's why I thought it was odd.

  • April 8, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    One question, what is a "fasking movie"?

    by Yamato

  • Laughed my ass all the way through it. It was like Rocky. With a fuck-load of swearing.

  • Don't watch this movie if you read this and don't think it's funny: Gord Ogilvey: We gotta be fuckin' triceps, biceps, arceps hard! Doug Glatt: Hard! Gord Ogilvey: Greek fuckin' underground gay porn hard! John Stevenson: We're all Adonis's Gord Ogilvey: Highlanders, gay porn hard! Doug Glatt: Gay porn hard!

  • Halifax Highlanders Sportscaster: Well that was borderline treasonous, and a disgrace to our nation and its proud and storied history. My father didn't kick the Nazis'... and the puck drops!

  • April 8, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by RRL

    Hey man- that was a well-written review, and served it's purpose: I will now see a movie that I previously didn't have any interest in. Nice job, sir.

  • April 8, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Mildly acceptable

    by bob

    I read the source material; "Doug Smith: Goon" and the movie stretched wayyyyy so far from his account that I think it took me away from the 'realism'. The Scrieber character was based off of (my interpretation) Frank "The Animal" Bialowas. I think there fight is on Youtube. **If I remember correctly, they only fought once with 'The Animal' giving Smith a solid beatdown, which even Smith awknowledged. They had no previous history, but Smith was a fan of Bialowas. **Smith, played minor, minor hockey for about 10 years getting in a few games at the higher level for only a few games at the end of his career, not the other way around like the movie made it seem. **Smith was just a guy who loved fighting, and tried out for the lowest rungs of minor league hockey to do it. There was no 'magic beatdown' in the stands to get his career started. **He was a talented fighter, but no where near the beast that Stiffler portrayed. He could barely skate, that was true. But all in all, as a Leaf fan who's had to endure 7 years of the pussiest hockey I've even seen, I did enjoy the excessive violence... even though 'real hockey' and the novel that inspired it were butchered to hell.

  • April 8, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Almost as good as Slap Shot

    by hatespeech

    Almost, but not as good, but still a good hockey movie.

  • April 8, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    The movie is a 'by the numbers' job

    by DonRivella

    OK flick overall, but nothing special and instantly forgettable. I frankly expected more subtext from the director of the Fubar movies, but he is not responsible for the script. Liev Schreiber was great, if anything it is worth it for his performance.

  • April 8, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else notice

    by Von_Trierstein

    that whenever AICN plasters up a movie poster above a review or a story, somehow it always looks like a poorly photoshopped replica of other, well-made posters I've seen elsewhere? Am I just high? (answer: yupperdoodles).

  • April 8, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    HEAT is not a GFM

    by Nerd Ling

    That's a retarded notion.

  • April 8, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I went to see a fight...

    by natecore

    but a hockey movie broke out instead.

  • April 8, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Thank you eroticoven!

    by nerdator

    I've thought that same thing since I saw Sean William Scott in Rundown taking swings at The Rock with his "thunder and lightning". Dude would make a PERFECT Deadpool. Then Ryan Reynolds took that horrible un-funny-rom-com-pretty-boy shit all over the character and ruined all my hopes for it. Ugh. Hollywood, please keep that douche away from all my superhero movies!

  • April 9, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    anyone ever play mutant league hockey for genesis?

    by raging bullshitter

    Little off topic but someone mentioned zombies earlier and made me think of it. Goon kicks all kinds of ass btw great fucking movie indeed.

  • April 9, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Its a good film, not a great one

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    The thing that stopped it being great was Jay Baruchel. His unfunny swearing shtick was crap. Total mis-step unfortunately. He did a good job in writing it, but should have stayed away from writing that 40 year old virgin vanity part for himself. A very good film whenever I forgot Jay was in the film though. Shame really.

  • April 9, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    I Agree: His unfunny swearing shtick was crap.

    by hatespeech

    The fake Bawstchton accent was horrid. As was his acting. They could have dropped that character completely.

  • I'm just wondering.

  • April 9, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Conflicted after seeing it

    by Pete Michaelson

    It wasn't as funny as I thought it was going to be, but there were some chest-swelling moments in it where you did want to belt out "fuck yeah!". Scott seemed to almost be playing his character like he was mildly retarded rather than just a big dumb nice guy, which I blame the script for more than Scott himself, but it was something I found myself distracted over at times. Unfortunately, in the end it felt confused about what kind of film it wanted to be. Jay Baruchel's character was so out-of-place he just came across as ridiculous. They should have toned him WAY down. With his weird/obscene behavior, a film I might have otherwise recommended to more people is now limited to the type of audience that can handle dick-in-ass jokes. The sports and team-building stuff was handled okay, but ended up taking a weird backseat to some of the other stuff. Scott's family was basically wasted and that story came to no conclusion. The love story felt completely tacked on, and the whole "I'm a slut" angle didn't come across I think the way the filmmakers intended and was so underplayed that the confession was awkward and out-of-the-blue. I guess I just feel conflicted about the movie. There were those "great fucking movie" scenes to be sure, but on the whole comparing it to Die Hard and Rocky doesn't feel right at all.

  • April 9, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    mr. giant, Yes, I've loved Rio Bravo for a long time

    by Joe Plumber

    But, then I consider myself more of a film aficionado than a film geek. It's my favorite John Wayne movie. Angie Dickinson is at her yummiest. And I love Dean Martin.

  • April 9, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Seann William Scott is a Goon.

    by Arafel

  • April 9, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Damnit, I never pay enough attention to the HDNet movies schedule

    by zer0cool2k2

    Now I'm going to have to pay for the VOD. Which is still available(on Dish Network anyway).

  • April 9, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Hey melgibsoncalledmethenword...

    by Greg

    No such nonsense... see the flick.

  • April 9, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Just watched it

    by Shpadoinkle

    I fucking loved every minute of it! A proper man's movie if ever I saw one. Very well paced, no sappiness, and violent and funny as hell. Thanks for the recommendation Nordling, I will be doing the same for this flick.

  • April 10, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    is this that new kevin smith movie.

    by Orion

    Oh wait, he's a has been.