Goon (2011)

IMDb 6.8

“Goon” is a sports comedy film released in 2011, directed by Michael Dowse and starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Alison Pill. The movie is based on the book “Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey” by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith.

The story follows Doug Glatt (Scott), a bouncer who discovers his talent for hockey after getting into a fight with a player at a local game. Despite his lack of experience, Doug is recruited by a minor league team as an enforcer, whose job is to protect his teammates on the ice by fighting opposing players.

With the help of his friend and coach, played by Baruchel, Doug becomes a valuable asset to the team and gains a reputation as one of the toughest fighters in the league. Along the way, he also forms a romantic relationship with a woman named Eva (Pill), who shares his love of hockey.

As the team makes its way towards the playoffs, Doug must confront his own limitations and decide whether his love of the game is worth the physical toll it takes on his body.

The film received positive reviews for its humorous and heartfelt portrayal of a lovable underdog. Scott’s performance as Doug was particularly praised for its physicality and emotional depth. Despite its modest box office performance, “Goon” has gained a cult following among hockey fans and sports movie enthusiasts. A sequel, “Goon: Last of the Enforcers,” was released in 2017.

Duration: 92 min.


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