Review: Goon -- the Hardest-Hitting (and Funniest) Comedy of 2012

I've never followed hockey, and I have only a rudimentary knowledge of its rules. But I do know that hockey means fistfights, which are technically illegal, but are integral to how the game is played, whether it's protecting teammates, intimidating opponents, or removing them from games by drawing them into penalties or breaking their faces. Fighting is so important to hockey that, for some players, acting as enforcers, bodyguards, and instigators is their primary function. The new movie Goon is inspired by the true story of one of these brawlers, and despite the fact that I probably couldn't name five active hockey players if you held a gun to my head, I have to tell you that Goon is the funniest movie I've seen so far in 2012.

Watch the trailer for Goon below.

Seann William Scott (that's Stifler from the American Pie movies) plays Doug Glatt, a bouncer at a Boston bar who's the screw-up in a high-achieving Jewish family. Despite being dumb as a rock, Doug is smart enough to share his family's disappointment and frustration that he hasn't achieved more in his life. When Doug attends a minor league hockey game and handily annihilates a visiting player who charges into the stands, the coach of the home team is impressed enough with Doug's preternatural pummeling skills to invite him on the team, even though Doug knows nothing about hockey and can't even skate. But after getting a crash course from his hockey-obsessed buddy, Pat (co-writer Jay Baruchel), Doug is unleashed on the league, laying waste to everyone he's pointed at. Read More...


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