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09 June 2012

Goon (2011/2012)

Directed by: Michael Dowse
Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill
Genre: Comedy, SPort
USA
Colour, 92 Minutes
Verdict: While it is not very funny as a comedy, there is some slight charm to this Ice-Hockey comedy, which is due to the performance of Seann William Scott.

Plot: Doug, a dreamer who is sick and tired of his job as a bouncer becomes an Ice Hockey player. However, the only thing he can do is throw his fists in the needlessly violent sport of Ice Hockey.

In all honesty, I laughed about three times in the film and there are no smart gags or comical jokes, but it did not stop the film from being enjoyable. Seann William Scott plays the simple minded, honest and strangely likable Doug perfectly. If it were not for this performance, the film would become a crude humoured piece of garbage, and he heavily supports the film. What is great about Doug’s character is while he is the violent not-so-bright hockey player who progresses to success using his fists; he has a big heart and an innocence to him that is quite surprising.

The story does not really have potential to be any better than it is, except that it could have developed the corny romance it tried to include. Doug meets Eva, and instantly falls in love with her. Through the various corny things, Doug says the romance is sweet, but the relationship in everything seemed rushed and undeveloped.

It is not much of a problem because you cannot really expect it to become a fleshed out romance story in its short just-under 90 minute runtime. However, it felt very flat toned despite knowing that Doug has a ‘crush’ on the girl and we can see that he really cares about her. The romantic aspect of it seemed like an excuse to add story. The film has a Rocky-like ending, which is probably what it is referencing.

Due to the lack of laughs, it is not a very good comedy, but William Scott makes the film accessible and attachable. Overall, it does not bore you with pop culture references or idiotically obvious humour, but could have had some more gags and more plot drive, making it enjoyable, but forgettable.

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