Those of us with a special place in our hearts for hockey movies have Goon to look forward to, among the upcoming films. The movie doesn’t make its way into theaters until next month, however the comedy will be available online this week. In what is likely to be a reminder of the early On Demand release, a clip from the film has made its way online.
Directed by Michael Dowse, and written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, Goon stars Seann William Scott as a bouncer whose physical build and ability to hit (or take a hit) lands him a spot on a semi-pro hockey team. The cast is full of talent, with Baruchel and Scott joined by Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, Kim Coates and Eugene Levy, among others.
Schreiber plays Ross “The Boss” Rhea, a known hockey goon who may end up facing off against Scott’s Doug Glatt. In the clip below, the two characters meet for what seems to be the first time and quickly get to the core of who they are and their place on their teams and the game.
The above scene is glimpsed in the trailer, including the line, “I’ll bleed for my team.” Granted, this is just one scene, but this looks like a great role for Scott and one that demonstrates more of his range as an actor than we might have seen previously. Maybe we’re not supposed to take Doug Glatt completely seriously, as he seems to think more of his place in the game than the more experienced Ross does, but there’s sincerity on Scott’s face when he delivers the line, and it’s there again after Ross tells him he’ll “lay him the f--- out.”
Goon is listed as a comedy, and we know that’s something Scott can handle, but as a fan of hockey and of great hockey stories told in film, I’d really love to see a decent story here in addition to humor. While the trailer offers the potential for laughs, the above clip hints at some character depth and possibly the set-up for a rivalry that could be addressed again later, perhaps on the ice.
Goon hits theaters in the U.S. on March 30th. It will be available on iTunes this Friday (Feburary 24). More information on the film can be found in our Blend Film Database.