Blu-ray Review: Raunchy Hockey Comedy ‘Goon’ is Surprising Fun

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CHICAGO – Seann William Scott (“American Reunion”) does the best work of his career in the raunchy hockey comedy “Goon,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. Co-written by “Superbad” writer Evan Goldberg and co-star Jay Baruchel, this is a clever little sports comedy that should find a loyal audience on the home market.

HollywoodChicago.com Blu-ray rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Scott plays bouncer-turned-player Doug Glatt with a clever mix of innocent loyalty and self-aware sweetness. He takes a part that could have been unbearable and makes him into a very likable guy. We root for Doug because Scott grounds the character instead of turning him into the caricature that he could have become. This is a guy who didn’t think he was very good at anything and found out that he could play a role on the ice and maybe even get the girl. Scott carries the movie by presenting his journey as one that comes as a surprise to him as well as the rest of the world. The overall story of “Goon” is a bit thin and predictable but Scott and Baruchel’s ear for adult comedy make it worth a rental.

Goon was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 29, 2012
Goon was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 29, 2012
Photo credit: Magnolia

Synopsis:
Not content with his job as a bouncer, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) dreams of a more rewarding job and gaining his parents’ respect. When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a fistfight that Doug easily wins, the on-looking coach sees Doug’s potential, in spite of his lack of any hockey playing ability. Joining the team and with the encouragement of his best friend (Jay Baruchel), Doug quickly becomes a rising star. Soon he’ll have the opportunity to face-off against league thug Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber), perhaps finally land a girlfriend and stick to a job he enjoys. Now - all he needs to do is learn how to skate.

Special Features:
o Power Play Mode - Interactive Behind The Scenes Movie Experience
o Deleted Scenes
o Outtakes / Blooper Reel
o Goalie Audition
o Fighting 101
o HDNet: A Look At Goon
o Goon Hockey Cards
o Interview With Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel
o Commentary With Director Michael Dowse And Co-Writer/Actor Jay Baruchel
o Trailers

“Goon” stars Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, and Liev Schreiber. It was written by Baruchel & Evan Goldberg and directed by Michael Dowse. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 29, 2012 and is rated R.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
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