Goon (2011) – ★★★☆☆

Brothers in arms.
Brothers in arms.
Goon is a charming buddy/romance/sports flick that takes surprisingly nuanced looks at male friendship, relationships, family, and hockey, and manages to avoid the common pratfalls sports movies often fall into.

Sean William Scott is likable as a bouncer named Doug who is stuck in a dead end job, while Marc-André Grodin almost steals the show as a brooding, oft-injured hockey star and Allison Pill—costar and writer Jay Baruchel’s real life ex—stars as Doug’s love interest. Liev Schrieber also has a small but important role as a longtime hockey goon named Ross “The Boss” Rhea.

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