Fubar series director Michael Dowse’s Goon is the latest addition to the hockey sports comedy sub-genre, joining similarly rowdy, (literally) hard-hitting comedies like Slap Shot – and, less directly, Happy Gilmore. It is based on the non-fictional memoir “Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey,” as written by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith (the book chronicles the latter’s experiences).
Today, we have an official U.S. trailer and a pair of R-Rated clips from Goon – and like the previous bits of footage unveiled from the film, it’s chock-full with the sorts of outrageous humor you would expect from a film co-scripted by Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) and based around oddball minor league hockey players.
Goon stars Seann William Scott as Doug Glatt, a slow-but-likable bar bouncer who catches the eye of a local sports coach, after Doug takes down a rogue hockey player during a minor league game. Soon enough, Doug is recruited by the under-performing Hailfax Highlanders, who employ him as their Goon: the player whose job is (literally) to defend his teammates from the opposition – and reduce anyone who crosses them the wrong way to a bloody mess.
Co-starring are the likes of Jay Baruchel (who also co-wrote Goon) as Doug’s often-intoxicated buddy, Pat; Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Midnight in Paris) as Eva, a young woman with a fetish for watching dangerous sports; Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) as Highlanders coach Ronnie Hortense; and Liev Schreiber (Wolverine) as Ross Rhea, a veteran Goon who eyes Doug as his opponent for an end-all retirement match on the ice.
Check out the new official U.S. trailer and two NSFW clips for Goon below:
It goes without saying that Goon isn’t for everyone; if penis jokes, F-bombs, generalized raunchy humor, and comical but bloody sports violence isn’t your thing, then you’ll want to take a pass. Likewise, while Goon piles on the R-Rated comedy, plot-wise the film looks very much to be a formulaic underdog sports story in the vein of The Mighty Ducks (for adults, that is).
That said: for what it is, Goon seems entertaining enough, features a pretty reliable cast, and thanks to its Canadian-born creative team (ie. Dowse, Goldberg, and Baruchel) much of the comedy feels very specific to the northernmost region of the North American continent. Anyone who is remotely familiar with Canadian social and cultural stereotypes should be all better able to understand and enjoy the film’s particular breed of humor (like the running joke involving Doug’s unwavering politeness) for that reason.
Goon will be available on VOD beginning February 24th, 2012. It will open in theaters around the U.S. on March 30th, 2012.