That’s a scene from 2011’s Goon, a warm but irreverent comedy about a sweet-natured (but incredibly tough) enforcer for a minor league hockey team. Goon was a Slap Shot for the 2000s, right down to the way it almost immediately gained a small but deeply passionate cult fanbase, and it boasted one of the best performances of Scott’s career. (Seriously. He’s awesome in it. And he’s great as Stiffler, too, and doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a comic actor in general. But that’s a conversation for another time.)
Thanks to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, actors and creative types are free to spill the beans on projects that normally would be announced via the trades and press releases. Jay Baruchel just hopped aboard that bandwagon with a series of recent tweets revealing his plans for 'Goon 2,' a sequel (obviously) to this past winter's disarmingly funny and sweet hockey comedy starring Seann William Scott and co-writer Baruchel himself. So how much did the comedian give up?
This week's new DVD's, Blu-rays and Video On Demand offerings include solid suspense with 'Man on a Ledge,' the hilarious sleeper hit 'Goon,' and two amazing dramas in 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' and 'Take this Waltz.'
'Goon' is a profane, silly comedy about minor league hockey, but when you strip away the vulgarity and locker room humor, what you're left with is a very sincere and very passionate statement about the power of teamwork and community. The men of the Halifax Highlanders drink, smoke, carouse, bicker, and fight, but by the end of the film, they win as well, not because they're grown more talented, but because they've grown closer. One wonders whether the filmmakers are ultimately talking about hockey, or about independent filmmaking, another pastime that relies heavily on perseverance and togetherness.