Before The American Reunion, Stiffler Plays Hockey [TRAILER for “Goon”]
Should you be heading out to the movie mulitplex in your Jersey neighborhood, you'll still find lines for The Hunger Games, you probably went to take the family to see The Lorax already, and you did the "Date Night" film with 21 Jump Street. This week's new releases have had mixed reviews from the critics, but one is looking like a surprise (and not just for hockey fans).
All the hype next weekend will be for American Reunion (which you can win tickets to with Heather Deluca starting Monday on the All-Request Drive-Thru), but Seann William Scott has a movie out before you see him in his career defining "Stiffler" role. You may not think that Goon would be a movie you would want to see just by the name. Yes it's a film with a hockey backdrop, but there is more going on here than meets the eye.
Scott plays Doug Glatt, a bar bouncer who has a family of highly intelligent people - father and brother are both doctors. He suddenly finds his calling after being at a hockey game, and knocking out a player who comes into the stands after him. After the moment goes viral, Doug gets a phone call from the coach of his hometown team who offers him a job as an enforcer, a player whose role is to protect his teammates and act as a deterrent by hitting or fighting opposing players who take liberties with his teammates. As you may guess, the family is not thrilled.
Doug truly does not fit the role of a tough guy as you will discover, bringing some layers to this off-beat and sometimes bloody comedy. Jay Baruchel co-wrote this ode to the Paul Newman 70s classic "Slap Shot" with Evan Goldberg (who created "Superbad") and co-stars with American Pie alum Eugene Levy, and Liev Schreiber (Scream 2 and 3, plus Wolverine to name a few).
The movie was offered On Demand for Xfinity cable subscribers, which usually means straight to video for most flicks, but after a $2.3 Million take the 1st week out in Canada, some positive reviews from the likes of Kyle Smith of the New York Post (calls the film "Brutally Funny"), plus high scores from Rotten Tomatoes (saying the film has "Surprising Amount of Heart") has given Goon some needed buzz.
The film is Rated R, so it's not for everyone. Tip for movies this weekend - drop the kids into Mirror Mirror, and if you have already seen some of the top films of the last week, find your way into this flick (and make the man in your life very happy).
The trailer for Goon has had over 2 Million hits on YouTube - check out 2 1/2 minutes for yourself.