Over the years there’s been a dialogue as to whether or not fighting in hockey is necessary. With consideration to the violence and injuries that can potentially cause brain damage, both fans and the NHL have debated whether to ban it outright. Goon (based on a true story) focuses on Doug (Sean William Scott), a dimwitted but sweet enforcer who can do severe damage with his fists. He hasn’t had the most prolific career, but Sean William Scott is at his best here.
Doug has a heart of gold, and not once did Scott betray that aspect of the character in favor of goofy expressions or easy laughs akin to Steve Stifler. Kim Coates of Sons of Anarchy fame doesn’t make for a particularly convincing coach, but Curt Keilback (former announcer for the Winnipeg Jets) is solid as an inane sports announcer. The rivalry between Doug and legend Ross Rhea (played by Liev Schreiber) takes an interesting approach in having both players respect each other, and even including a bit of paternal wisdom along the way.
Though it won’t go down in the annal of sports film classics, Goon is a respectable entry into the genre even if it doesn’t remotely attempt to weigh in on violence in hockey.