Goon

Sunday, December 04 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Goon

JOY REVIEW

GOON is one of those unexpected pleasures, it’s got Sean William Scott, who we’ve seen play completely different roles, Eugene Levy, Jay Baruchel who also wrote this, and Liev Schreiber. It’s kind of Slapshot for the new millennium, based on a real guy. Sean plays a kid who grows up in a family of Jewish doctors, a gay brother who is a doctor, and his father’s a doctor and all he does is blunder and fight, and though he has a heart of gold, he’s a little stupid. He decides he’s really good at fighting, especially defending someone who is being bullied, which he does at a hockey game, and is recruited by the small town coach to be Doug the Thug, newly minted hockey player, even though he cant skate.  It turns out he’s finally found his calling:  he’s a star even though his parents are appalled.  He goes on to a larger team and meets Allison Pill and the self-described hockey slut is also in it. It’s just about heart. If you like hockey, which I do, it’s great fun. But the performances are just so heartfelt and so sweet that you sort of fall in love with it even though the movie is violent in a kind of silly way, though hockey is violent in a non silly way. So, I give it four stars.

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