To say hockey is a big sport in Canada is putting it mildly. Fans across the country count down to opening day every year, and when the Winter Olympics are playing a game involving Team Canada the streets are as bare as you will ever see them. So it should come as no surprise that hockey movies have their own following too. In 2011 Canadian Jay Baruchel wrote and co-starred in a film called Goon. It followed the story of a not-so-smart bar room bouncer who found success as a hockey enforcer, thanks to his fists of steel. It was a cute little violent movie that has had a cult following ever since its release. Now it’s sequel, Goon: Last of the Enforcers is available for home viewing.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers continues Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott)’s story. It begins with him becoming the team captain, and getting injured by the enforcer of another team. Glatt is forced to retire due to his injuries, even though hockey is still in his blood. Retirement from the sport doesn’t go so well for him though, and even though his pregnant wife (Alison Pill) relishes in the fact that she doesn’t have to worry about him every night, Glatt starts to train in secret on how to fight with his left hand so he can return to the ice. When he returns though he finds his team in the midst of a losing streak, and the enforcer that retired him leading them as their new captain. If he is going to continue playing Glatt discovers he will need to get along with his new teammate, as well as find a different way to play the game he loves.
Goon 2 isn’t as good as the original, but it’s still a fun ride. While the first movie had a more directed plot, this one is all over the place with the movie heading in several different directions at the same time. The only thing that really remains the same is Seann William Scott’s character. He hasn’t really skipped a beat playing the lovable tough guy. The film is also a little more over the top than the original, including a vulgar Sportsdesk host played by TJ Miller who seems to say whatever comes to his mind. There also seems to be more blood than is needed during the fight scenes. There are times that the entire area by the fight is covered in blood, which isn’t very realistic. All of that being said though, the film is a good way to spend an hour and a half if you are looking for some laughs and have a little time to kill.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers is available now.