Goon: Last of the Enforcers
Sean William Scott returns as Canadian ice hockey hard man Doug “the Thug” Glatt, who, in the early scenes of this sequel to 2011’s Goon, is badly beaten by Wyatt Russell’s even-harder Anders Cain and then replaced by him as captain of Glatt’s beloved Halifax Highlanders. Will our hero settle down to a nine-to-five life at an insurance company where the window of his basement office is routinely used as a urinal by passers-by? Or will he risk his health, and his relationship with pregnant wife Eva (Alison Pill), by once again hitting the ice (as well as many of the folks skating on it)?
Let’s just say that, while Goon: Last of the Enforcers has many noteworthy qualities, deviating from the clichéd traditions of the sports film is not among them.
First-time director Jay Baruchel oversees matters with skill and enthusiasm — even if he is a little too enthusiastic to demonstrate the project’s un-PC bona fides — and Scott is once again amiability incarnate as the good-hearted Glatt. But the film’s real treat is its deep acting bench with franchise veterans Scott, Pill, Liev Schreiber, Kim Coates, and Marc-André Grondin joined by Elisha Cuthbert, TJ Miller, and, of course, Russell, a real-life former hockey pro whose troubled villain is worthy of a redemptive spin-off film.
As the film’s routinely foul-mouthed characters would never say, Goon: Last of the Enforcers is, for the most part, a pucking good time. B