Prospect Park- Thursday Report
9 hours ago
"Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart." -- Rotten TomatoesAlan Sepinwall / HitFix.com:
What makes "Goon" work so well is that it simultaneously celebrates the tradition of the hockey goon even as it's pointing out the absurdity of it. It's ridiculous that this is an accepted part of a major sport, and yet it is, and from Doug's point of view, the job finally gives him a purpose. He's not excited to beat people up (though he's great at it); he's excited by the chance to be part of a team, and to protect his teammates.
The movie walks that knife edge in Doug's personal life, too, as he gets into a romance with a hockey groupie played by Alison PIll (in a role that gives her much more spark and strength than she's allowed to show on "The Newsroom"). The movie doesn't try to hide the fact that Doug is dumb bordering on simple, but it also shows us repeatedly that he's a nice, sweet guy, and this is perhaps the most endearing performance of Scott's career.
The one specific about the movie I want to discuss involves the use of Liev Schreiber as Ross Rhea, a legendary NHL hockey goon who's finishing out the final season of his career in the same minor league as Doug. Inevitably, the two meet, but it happens first away from the ice:
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