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“Goon” is cinema’s love letter to hockey enforcers

Feb 29, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT


Hockey movies fall into two categories generally, they either go down as iconic (“Slap Shot” “Miracle”) or they go down in flames (“The Love Guru”). You can chalk up “Goon” as being an iconic film of its own.

One of the stars of the movie is Liev Schreiber, who plays the movie’s antagonist Ross “The Boss” Rhea, says it’s hard to do a hockey movie the right way and to do something no one’s seen before.

“How do you do a hockey movie fresh? How do you add anything to the anthology of hockey movies? One thing that Jay [Baruchel] really defines this movie with is the heart. That’s the one thing people don’t often talk about when they talk about hockey,” says Schreiber.

“I think it’s also something that defines hockey players. There’s a very strict code, especially among enforcers, of how you treat each other and you leave it all on the ice. Respect.”

Schreiber’s character Rhea plays the foil to Seann William Scott’s Doug Glatt and while you might be able to say that Rhea is the villain, that’s not the way Schreiber sees it.

source:  “I, personally, would disagree highly in saying Ross is a villain,” Schreiber says with a laugh.

“Guys like Probert, Georges Laraque, Donald Brashear, Dave Schultz… It was impactful to read about these guys’ lives and the misperception of them both as not hockey players and as goons. I think that’s part of what hurts for those guys.

“They give so much of their bodies and their lives to the game… I don’t know how many of them want to be remembered as purely enforcers or goons. I think a lot of those guys were great hockey players and that’s how they should be remembered.”

If it sounds like big talk for what’s a comedic movie, you’d be missing the point. “Goon” is a funny and violent film with enough bad language to make a sailor proud, but what’s hockey without all that?

“Goon” is a movie made by hockey fans (Director Michael Dowse and writer/co-star Jay Baruchel) with a metric ton of heart and it shows in how it plays out. Passing on watching this one would be a mistake.

“Goon” is currently available on Video On Demand and will hit theaters on March 30.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Great movie! Well worth the $10 on demand.

  2. drewsylvania - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I know of several Habs who should see this movie.

  3. mydadyourmom - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Hilarious flick. In theatres in Canada now. A must see for any hockey fan.

    “Glatt, you’re riding pisshole, back of the bus!”

  4. sportsfreak13 - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    They should of had Dustin penner as the captain of glatts team. Watch the movie and read the previous penner article and you’ll understand.

  5. shutyourfivehole - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    One of his Montreal teammates tried to show PK Subban a clip of the movie. As soon as it look like a fight was starting, Subban fell down and turtled.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Was the fight between opposing players or teammates?

  6. napoleonblownapart6887 - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I saw the movie – it was okay, but it could have been better. I also thought the ending was okay at best. Had some great one-liners but I found Glatt’s stupidity to be grating by the end.

  7. gallyhatch - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Really good movie, but I will hold off on saying great. This has the same writing team as Superbad and Pineapple Express, both of which I found to be overrated and over the top. The writing in this had a similar feel to it.

    RE: napoleonblownapart6887, I found Glatt’s stupidity annoying by the end, but I found Baruchel’s character to be unbearable from the get-go, he very nearly ruined the movie for me. The hockey action is what saved it.

    I definitely think it’s worth the $10 on demand here in the states. But I won’t be running out to buy a copy of it when it’s released on DVD.

  8. michiganhockey11 - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    The trailer was great. I thought I recognized Anson Carter in a brief clip. This should appeal a bit more to non-hockey fans compared to SlapShot (reigning top hockey movie) as there is more laughs, more on a personal level and more relating to actual hockey events. Guy in trailer climbing out of the penalty box climbing stands, clearly a reference to Mike Milbury.

    Definitely going to rent it or see it in the theater.

  9. michiganhockey11 - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Anyone else see a striking resemblance between Liev Schreiber and Wendel Clark in those pics?

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