I just finished watching the movie Goon. After a long hiatus there is now another great hockey movie to watch. Listen, most hockey movies (Youngblood, Mighty Ducks, Miracle, etc) track the progress of one team or a star-talented player. Not since Slap Shot has there been a film to champion the “goon” on the team. The movie follows the rise and fame of Doug Glatt (played by Steve Stiffler) who is a terrible skater and all around player, but he can beat ass.
Doug takes a minor league hockey team to prominence through the systematic beat-down of the other team. The finish is Doug taking on the greatest enforcer of all time, Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). I love hockey movies and to be honest this one is a must see. It is pretty straight-forward. The movie is stacked with Stiffler-like penis jokes and such. But what makes this movie unique is the how the secondary characters make the movie. The Russians, the goalie, and the alcoholic captain all have memorable roles in the film. The unique fighting aspect of hockey is something that should be exploited more often. Anybody that has ever played the game or has been in a hockey locker room understands that it has it’s own unique dynamics. Ever player has a particular role and I am happy to finally see the enforcer get a little love. If you have an hour and half to kill you can’t go wrong with watching Goon.