As part of a weekly Film Game Group that I am in on facebook, we were required to watch Goon. (Join Film Club - The Game)
The negative nancy in me pulled a face. My heart sank when I saw what we were supposed to be watching, for a number of reasons. My first and biggest issue was Seann William Scott. So far, I haven't liked on single film with him in. He annoys me to the point where I avoid anything with him on the cast list. My second issue was that it was a sports film. My third was that it listed as a comedy.
However, being the good sport that I am, and in the spirit of the game, I watched it anyway. Half expecting to turn it off after about half an hour.
SWS plays a security guard and his family don't believe in him because he wasn't clever enough to become a doctor or have a 'real' career in their eyes. He gets a job on a professional Hockey team, as an Enforcer. His role is to fight the oppositions members off the rink.
The film itself was actually really interesting. I have no interest in Hockey, but the characters were portrayed so well that I managed to look at this as more than a sports film. (Not to mention, there were definitely a few on the hockey team that were easy on the eye - LaFlamme, I'm looking at you).
I do like the fact that this film is based on or surrounding true events. Anything that was once a 'real-life' story always tends to grip me. The original story followed Doug Smith's time as an enforcer and the idea was taken from the book depicting his career.
Jay Baruchel... Where have you been all my life... I first saw you in This is the End and loved you then. This is only the second film I have ever seen you in. And I loved you in this one. Something about you, and the way you carry out your roles, just screams love me (in a film sense of course).
And my final word... I enjoyed seeing Eugene Levy pop up as SWS's dad... That was a nice surprise, I've always been a fan of Levy.