Momentum Pictures has released a new full-length trailer for sports movie sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers, following the continued adventures of Sean William Scott's hockey enforcer Doug "The Thug" Glatt.
The original Goon was a nice surprise when it was released back in 2012, a raunchy and very funny sports comedy with a violent edge to it. In the original, Doug Glatt rose from local Canadian dimwit to enforcer on championship winning minor league hockey team The Halifax Highlanders, earning the respect of his teammates and rival enforcer Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber), along with the love of Eva (Allison Pill). The original is a consistently funny and dirty film with a slight emotional charm to it, making it one of the more under appreciated comedies of the last decade.
After years of discussion but no action on the sequel, we have a good extended look at the film thanks to this new theatrical trailer. Goon: Last of the Enforcers picks up the story the next season, where Doug is now the leader of the Highlanders, but is knocked down a peg when hotshot young opponent Anders Cain (22 Jump Street's Wyatt Russell) knocks him out cold and then is subsequently traded to the Highlanders as their new leader. Searching for new meaning, Doug turns to Rhea to teach him how to defend his honor and to throw a strong left hook. Beyond that, Doug must contend with a new member of his household, as Eva is pregnant with their first child.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers looks similar in comedic style to the first film, hinting at raunchy and nasty bits while also focusing firmly on the struggles that Doug has to endure. A red band trailer for the film was released last November ahead of the movie's Canadian release in March. Comedian Jay Baruchel, who co-wrote the original with Seth Rogen's writing partner Evan Goldberg and co-starred in the film, makes his directorial debut taking over from Michael Dowse. The film got mixed reviews from the handful of outlets that have seen it, sporting a 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with seven reviews registered.
As is common with sequels, there's a bit of worry that Goon: Last of the Enforcers will lack the oddball charm and fresh feeling of the original film. Some of the gags and lines in this trailer don't land strongly, though that could be the family-friendly green band trailer censoring the really funny material. The film seems to follow in the footsteps of Rocky III and other sports films that have the protagonist team up with their former rival to get things done, so the hope is that Baruchel can at least bring the laughs if it's going to have a predictable story to go along with it.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers will be available in select theaters and VOD on September 1st.
Source: Momentum Pictures