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Quint catches Seann William Scott's hilarious R-rated hockey comedy GOON at ActionFest!

Published at: April 17, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another review from ActionFest!

Loaded up on Cheerwine (a southern soda that is like Big Red and Dr. Pepper had a delicious baby) I settled into my first film at the fest, GOON starring Seann William Scott. Now, it may be the nostalgia of sitting in a theater like The Carolina, which was the kind of multiplex I used to ride my bike to as a kid… pre-stadium seating, slanted floor, narrow, rectangular (instead of square) theaters… but judging from the response from my colleagues who saw Goon on its VOD run I don’t think I’m alone in saying this movie is fucking great.

 

 

Seann William Scott has long been an MVP actor. He’s been in good movies and bad movies, but in either he’s almost always the one giving it 110% (I’m looking at you Cop Out). For the life of me I don’t understand why Goon is on the limited theatrical release/VOD plan. It’s the kind of movie that could easily pull in $30-$40 million with a decent marketing push.

Scott plays a dumb as bricks nice guy bouncer who has an almost superhuman ability to deal out and receive punishment. This fact is discovered when a local hockey player attacks his annoying sports-blogger friend (Jay Baruchel) and this tough-guy player literally breaks his hand trying to punch Scott in the forehead.

Written by Baruchel and Superbad’s Evan Goldberg (surprisingly based on a real story, by the way), this flick has all the fun of the best Apatow film and all the heart of a great sports movie… and this comes from a guy who’s never watched a full game of hockey in his life.

While hockey is the venue, the actual games have little importance. The film becomes a countdown to two gladiators entering the ring with each other. In one corner you have the likeable Doug Glatt (Scott), in the other you have the mad dog of the sport, Ross Rhea (Live Schreiber), an aging brute who sends players to the hospital.

Goldberg’s strengths as a comedy writer are in full on display here, especially when it comes to writing unique supporting characters. The mix-matched group of loveable delinquents on the team are hilarious and so over the top that skate right up to that line between funny and parody. One more inch and they would have been Val Kilmer’s squad in Top Secret.

While the exaggerated supporting cast is great, this really is Seann William Scott’s time to shine. It’s a surprisingly nuanced leading comic performance, actually. On the surface he’s just a dummy with a heart of gold, but Doug Glatt is almost Gumpian in his simple outlook on life. In playing a character without a lot of gray areas (he knows right and wrong and nothing else really exists outside those extremes) Scott still somehow injects complexity into Doug, especially with his interactions with the B-plot, a twist on a Rocky-esque love story with Scott Pilgrim’s Alison Pill.

 

 

Scott isn’t the only one bringing his all to this movie. Liev Schreiber is a perfect rival, with just enough character development to keep him from being a one-note villain, but not too much so that the mystery of the threat he imposes is eroded.

In fact, everybody brings it, whether you know their name or not. Kim Coates is great as the coach and everybody on the team are great personalities that add up to make this goofy movie a rich comedy tapestry.

At every turn Goldberg and Baruchel avoid expectation while delivering a laugh-out-loud funny hard R rated comedy. This is a quotable movie, a movie that’s easy to invest in emotionally and one that played like gangbusters in this theater full of DTV action lovers. I can’t imagine how much money they lost not pushing it for a real deal theatrical distribution.

I think Goon will have a shelf-life as rewarding as Office Space. It just has to find its audience and that audience is simple: people who like to laugh. That’s all that’s needed to enjoy this movie. There’s a wide array of comedy squeezed into this film, from sight gags to dumb humor to well-constructed character humor. Goon is better then 90% of big studio comedies and those tend to find their audiences.

 

 

-Eric Vespe
”Quint”
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  • April 17, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    I will not write ....FIRST...

    by barry_lyndon

    But I will write SECOND.

  • April 17, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    ...speaking of second...

    by barry_lyndon

    First comes FIRST....

  • April 17, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    speaking of Cunts, i mean third

    by javery56

    this movie is pretty great i saw it on VOD , who would of thought. Fuck tower heist, this is a real movie.

  • April 17, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Office Space made $10 million total at the box office

    by Rupee88

    and one of the best comedies ever...weird how that shit works

  • April 17, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    "Two Rules Man...

    by Nathan

    Stay away from my fuckin' percocets, and do you have any fuckin' percocents man??" Being from Canada and all, I really enjoyed this film.............. eh

  • April 17, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Glatt! Yer ridin' pisshole.

    by Darth_Nader

    Maybe not quite Office Space good (Office Space is the greatest movie ever made!), but it does hold up to several viewings, and is one of those movies you can pick up in the middle and stick around for.

  • April 17, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST

    It's a Canadian film.

    by bluebottle

    American distributers probably didn't have faith that this FUCKING AMAZING MOVIE would sell well in the US. If it had a huge push and advertising campaign behind it, I'd bet it could have done really well at the box office.

  • but if it doesn't, then i am definitely watching it on demand asap.

  • April 17, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST

    I should be getting paid

    by jonathancaltman

    I have bothered every single person in my life and on facebook to see this flick. The day I watched it for the first time was the day I watched it three times. And after piling on several more, I can say that this thing has serious legs. Every single actor in this is amazing, the writing is fantastic, and Quint barely scratched the surface of what's going on character-wise. SO GO SEE IT

  • April 17, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    "I will lay you the fuck out!" awesome movie

    by Batmangelo

    But in a box office it wouldve tanked they released it smart! Americans have lost their love for hockey being a huge hockey fan myself it's not as popular as it used to be (LET'S GO RANGERS!!) definatley recommending it all around. liev schreiber plays a great hockey bruiser on his way out and Sean William scott is just brilliant he's so nice to people he beats the shit out of it's just a fantastic movie if u haven't seen it do it now!!!!! "your mother pussy is soooo tight no way baby come out of dere" "I'm on your fuckin team"

  • April 17, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    i am torn between Office Space and Idiocracy for favorite comedy

    by antonphd

    not counting action/comedy (my all time favorite move is Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) i start watching either at any time and have a great time. there's really only a few comedies i can do that with. let me think... Tommy Boy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels What About Bob Princess Bride The Big Lewbowski Dumb and Dumber Paul Dodgeball Nacho Libre Happy Gilmore Christmas Vacation Ace Ventura okay, a few more than just a few

  • April 17, 2012, 2:35 a.m. CST

    oh, and The Man Who Knew Too Little just kills me every time

    by antonphd

    i cannot explain why this movie makes me go into laughing fits. it just does. no drugs required.

  • April 17, 2012, 2:40 a.m. CST

    did this not come out months ago?!

    by billyhitchcock1

  • April 17, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST

    I thought it was obnoxious and all around terrible

    by nobodylistenstodestro

    Goon took the bostonian/hockey fan stereotype, turned it up to ten and then proceeded to run it into the ground at full speed. Sean William Scott was likeable but not enough to save this absolutely shit movie.

  • April 17, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    It just has to find its audience

    by alan_poon

    And that audience is simple people who like to laugh. That's me.

  • April 17, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Didn't like it.

    by James

    That Baruchel kid is a loudmouth peckerhead. Seann William Scott is a dumb guy. Hockey fights. I dunno. I found my attention wandering.

  • April 17, 2012, 5:50 a.m. CST

    This is the Hit Somebody clone, right?

    by V'Shael

    The fat man Kevin Smith is making a hockey movie (split into two, because the fat man can't do portion control), and he had offered the lead role to Sean William Scott while working with him on the risible Cop Out. Then SWS dumps Hit Somebody, and takes the lead in this movie instead. Basically the same role, same character, same plot I wouldn't be surprised. But the fat man will come along 3 years too late and wonder why Goon made a ton of money and Hit Somebody will make 30 million dollars.

  • April 17, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST

    TERRIFIC MOVIE

    by SHADOWPRIME

    A lot of fun. Surprising, for a movie with a million f-bombs and buckets of blood, a good hearted, funny clever movie. Well worth a look.

  • April 17, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    I demand THE GOON

    by CuervoJones

    That movie looked great.

  • April 17, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    goon is solid

    by palewook

    studio screwed up this release

  • April 17, 2012, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Best Review yet, can't wait.

    by adeceasedfan

    Love me some SWS.

  • They deserve everything they get. Dumbasses.

  • Because this is a great release

  • April 17, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Gay porn hard!

    by Steve

    I laughed about that line for like a week. Best sports comedy locker room rally speach, outside of John Goodman in Revenge of the Nerds.

  • April 17, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Why are you crying?

    by Mike Fornes

    Did you just watch Rudy?

  • April 17, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Finally!

    by HoweHatTrick

    A really good hockey movie comes along. No longer are they trying to milk "Slapshot", which they should never have done and those involved with all of the sequels should take a puck to the junk (women too!). Not only have the regular movie fans taken to "Goon", so have actual hockey players. I find it interesting that since "Goon" was released, fighting in the NHL has risen and the level of excitement in the playoffs is incredible. Great movie. This is going into the collection when it comes out on Blu.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Caught this on HDNet. Hilarious fucking film. Funniest thing in years.

    by Robert Evans

    That was borderline treason.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    the fat man will come along 3 years too late

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Make it ten years. Maybe by then it will be seen as a Goon reboot.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    The Russian guys killed me.

    by Robert Evans

    I'm not even a hockey fan, but I'm going to force this on all my friends.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Baruchel is the weak link...

    by Rustle

    in this film. I really didn't like any of his antics in the film. Not fun.. Not funny.. But other than his scenes, I really enjoyed the film. If you can ignore all of his scenes, this film is pretty great.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    How much

    by BeMoreFunny

    didmuch did you get paid to write this outrageously inaccurate review? You went out of your way to say that it's as funny as any Apatow film...maybe Funny People, because that movie was, ya know, very not funny. The Jay Baruchel character is where all the loffs are expected to come from in this film, and unfortunately he isn't funny. Grating and verbose, yes, but not clever, witty or memorable like a character from a good Apatow movie. Don't expect a comedy from this. Quint was correct about the main character being very dumb and blank--but this is not an interesting person to spend too much time with. He's literally an empty vessel who punched things and doesn't say anything memorable. That said, it's a watchable, diverting light-hearted sports drama that was released on iTunes prior to theatrical release for a reason. Worth checking out but nowhere near as funny as any actual comedy.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Salute to SLAP SHOT?

    by TheUglyBaby

    I wonder if the player wearing the OGILVEY jersey in GOON is a nod to Ogie Ogilthorpe in SLAP SHOT ......

  • April 17, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    great fucking MOVIE!!!!! "MY brother is GAAAAYYYY"!!!!

    by luis prietO

  • April 17, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    I just hate this movie for NOT being the animated The Goon

    by Jaster Mareel

  • April 17, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Surprised this movie is getting so much love...

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    It's really not THAT funny? What it does have is a classic underdogs-beating-the-odds structure. The first half is kind of a mess but it really ramps up to a pacy and satisfying third-act. Definitely one to see with a beered-up audience for that feel-good experience. But it didn't feel like a classic to me and I'm not sure how much it will stand up to repeat viewings. Schrieber is a class act though, and it was good to see Kim Coates getting work.

  • April 17, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Does he have an orangutan sidekick?

    by thelordofhell

    Right turn Clyde.........

  • April 17, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    THAT WAS BORDERLINE TREASONOUS

    by SHADOWPRIME

    Indeed.

  • Good to see the love for the movie. I like the dude... Not a lot of young, likeable actors out there. Though I guess he's not quite THAT young anymore, by Hollywood standards. Anyway --- I may just try out the whole VOD thing with this movie. I normally hate the thought of VOD's shitty A/V, though.

  • April 17, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Pretty Awesome Movie

    by Banjohik7

    Loved the moment with Burachel and the roommate spitting at each other.

  • April 17, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Downloaded this awhile back.... Not bad...

    by ZodNotGod

    Scott's foul-mouth friend is awesome. Reminded me of me only I'm a Star Wars geek.

  • April 17, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Scott has impressed me over the years..

    by ZodNotGod

    One of his best performances ever was in an indy comey called, "The Promotion," damn funny. Role Models is awesomeness too!

  • April 17, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    SW Scott is 35!

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 17, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Cheerwine = Carolina Greatness!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Also, The Goon has been out for about a year. What's up with that!?

  • April 17, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Wow, after reading this thread I'm definitely down to see this.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Also because you guys didn't let me down with Cabin in the Woods or The Raid. Both awesome movies.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I must have missed all the funny parts...

    by Kevinicus

    I mean, I did miss the first 20 minutes or so, but surely there was supposed to be some humorous bits beyond that right? I don't recall really laughing at all during the film, and overall it was just one big "meh" of a movie. Nothing memorable in the least. VOD/Rental is all it deserves.

  • April 17, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Just not very good. I really wanted to like it more.

    by vic twenty

    I rented this on VOD. I gotta say, there are some funny bits here and there, but not enough. SWS is mildly retarded and just not interesting enough to care about. Liev Schreiber is the character that almost saves this flick, and if Goon had been about him, this movie might have actually been as good as some the the reviews posted around here. He is more interesting sitting at a booth reading the paper at 3am than Scott's character AT ANY POINT in this movie. Not the worst film ever, for sure, but definitely a one-timer.

  • April 17, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    That was no goal eh....

    by MagicJesus

    he was in the crease.

  • April 17, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Wanted to love it...

    by StrokerX

    ...ended up just liking it. I even watched it two sittings so that shows ya I wasn't swept away by the film. It's aight.

  • April 18, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Leaked?

    by Art

    Somebody already say it here, the rumor is Goon was leaked, thats why its on VOD and few theaters (excuse my english)

  • April 18, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I really enjoyed it

    by Smartacus

    I think that it wasn't a great movie by any stretch but that it was better than it had any right to be. I've never seen SWS do anything that even remotely interested me but here he was good. Sure, he wasn't asked to do all that much but he wasn't Stiffler and that right there is worth applauding.