It's no secret that comedy sequels are hard to pull off -- and often fall flat as a result. From Zoolander 2 to Dumb and Dumber To, follow-ups to classic comedies regularly try to recapture the magic of the original, and it seldom works. With Goon: Last of the Enforcers debuting today, that's what career funnyman Seann William Scott is trying to avoid. According to Scott: the cast and crew knew they faced an uphill battle making a sequel, so their primary approach was to find an angle for the story that actually warranted a sequel. The actor opened up to me during our recent chat about the hyper-violent film and explained:
As Seann William Scott pointed out in his interview with CinemaBlend, a Goon movie is a bit different from an American Pie movie. At the end of an American Pie film, we want to see everything reset back to normal after Jim, Stifler and the rest of the gang get into their shenanigans. By contrast, the Goon franchise provides Doug Glatt with a proper arc that develops him emotionally, physically and psychologically. Where many comedy sequels tend to fall flat because they perfectly emulate the original, Goon: Last of the Enforcers uses the events of the original merely to inform how its story sets up. The fundamental DNA of a Goon story is present in this film, but it has been reorganized into something new and exciting.
In the end, Goon: Last of the Enforcers found the right story by acknowledging the passage of time between movies. Taking place six years after the (still surprisingly well-received) original film, Goon 2 finds Doug Glatt forced to cope with age and a potentially career-ending injury when he goes head-to-head against a young up-and-comer in the world of semi-professional hockey. The film brings back almost every major element and character from the original story, but it allows them to evolve (or not evolve) in a way that feels organic and earned. Because many comedy sequels often fail to pull this off, it's a welcome change of pace.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers is now available on VOD. If you are on the lookout for more information related to 2017's theatrical releases, then take a look at CinemaBlend's comprehensive movie premiere guide!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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