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‘Goon’ Review

from Gare Joyce at the Globe and Mail,

In the new movie Goon, opening Friday, Ross Rhea (played by Liev Schreiber) is a man who has outlived his usefulness in his chosen profession. He’s a bully and a victim. He’s a hockey tough guy, an enforcer. He has beaten up scores of his number only to be ultimately beaten down by the game.

Sitting across from him is a worshipful naïf, a neophyte rival on another team. Both know they’ll drop the gloves in a game the next night, a game that will be the last of the veteran’s career.

Goon is a slapshot-replete slapstick comedy that will hit hockey’s progressives with their heads down. It’s surely the funniest minor-league hockey-brawl comedy (admittedly a niche within a niche within a niche) since Slap Shot (1977). But the filmmakers may have badly misread the zeitgeist in not realizing that, these days, showing hockey violence as a barrel of laughs might seem entirely tasteless, given the deaths last year of three NHL tough guys.

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