Seann William Scott packed on some pounds for his role in Goon
, and the extra weight jibes well with his comic instincts--he's had to ramp down his antic American Pie
goof to fit the bulky, dull-witted protagonist of this off-the-wall picture. Scott plays Doug Glatt, whose thickheadedness may be a disappointment to his brainy family (Eugene Levy cameos as dad) but serves him awfully well in the role of hockey "enforcer." You know the type: not much of a skater, can't get the puck in the net, but if you need someone to come off the bench and lay an elbow into somebody's cheekbone, Doug Glatt is your guy. The amusing and impressive thing about the movie is that the script (by costar Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg) posits Doug not as a meanie but as a puzzled innocent who really, sincerely wants to help his team. Alison Pill is just right as the groupie touched by his dazed sweetness, and Liev Schreiber absolutely shines as hockey's most legendary tough guy, a weathered goon-among-goons whose badassery is announced in his giant Fu Manchu mustache. The movie aims for a tricky blend, and director Michael Dowse doesn't always make it: we're supposed to laugh at the exaggerated characters, but also eventually care about them, too. Oh, and there's also an enormous amount of blood-spilling and bone-cracking. Thanks to the generally jovial air and Scott's skillful performance, the patches of ice don't seriously slow this movie down. --Robert Horton
From the Studio
Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local bar and an embarrassment to his accomplished family, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) dreams of the kind of success enjoyed by minor league hockey goon Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a bloody fist fight that Doug easily wins, the coach of the Halifax Highlanders sees potential in this man who is only hampered by his lack of any hockey playing ability and his brother’s old figure skates. Doug manages to join the team, and with the encouragement of his hockey obsessed best friend (Jay Baruchel) quickly becomes a rising star. Soon he’ll have the opportunity to face off against Ross "The Boss" Rhea and perhaps finally land a girlfriend. Now - all he needs is to learn how to skate.-----------------------
Lassé de son travail de videur dans un bar de la région et traité avec mépris par sa famille d'intellectuels, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) rêve de connaître la même gloire que Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber), un dur à cuire de la ligue mineure de hockey. Suite à une bagarre sanglante contre un joueur de hockey que Doug remporte sans peine, l'entraîneur des Highlanders d'Halifax détecte un grand potentiel chez cet homme dont les seuls handicaps sont l'absence totale de don pour le hockey et les anciens patins artistiques de son frère. Doug réussit à intégrer l'équipe et, encouragé par son meilleur ami fanatique de hockey (Jay Baruchel), il devient vite une star montante. Il aura bientôt l'occasion d'affronter Ross Rhea, dit "le Boss" et peut-être de se trouver enfin une petite amie. Désormais, il ne lui reste plus qu'à apprendre à patiner.