Seann William Scott stars as Doug Glatt, a simple-minded mumblemouth who finally finds his calling in the beat-’em-up world of ice hockey. It’s an homage to both the sport and the film most associated with the sport (Slap Shot, duh) crafted by co-screenwriters Jay Baruchel (who also stars as a foul-mouthed, hockey-obsessed suburban hood-rat) and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express, Superbad) with Canadian director Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight, Fubar) at the helm. The film’s success relies upon the viewer’s tolerance for over the top violence and tired vulgarity, but at least things move along at a clip. Glatt punches out a local hockey player one night and is instantly recruited to the team. Before you know it, he’s learned how to skate, starred in local car dealership commercials, and graduated to a farm team where he’s tasked with bringing a former hockey heavyweight back to life. His rival in the arena comes in the form of an experienced brawler known for his ruthlessness, playfully played by Liev Schreiber who affects a Canadian accent. The games unfold to the sounds of your typical movie sports announcer and the final showdown is exactly what you expect, but the goofy, feel-good atmosphere of the whole affair is admittedly infectious, if you’re willing.
Goon opens today in select Philly-area theaters.