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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Goon glorifies fighting. Doug is rewarded for his terrible temper -- he beats up a guy in the stands at a hockey game and is then recruited by the team. On the ice, he makes his name as a bruiser and moves up the ranks.
Positive Role Models
Despite his brutal tendencies, Doug is loyal to his teammates. And when he thinks he deserves it, he'll drop his guard and intentionally take a beating.
Violence & Scariness
Pretty brutal, especially on the ice. Brawls break out in a heartbeat, with bone-crunching sound effects and bloody moments. Some of it is stylized, with slow-motion effects such as a close-up of a tooth hitting the ice.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of quick sex scenes include brief glimpses of naked breasts. A guy is shown having sex with a woman; her naked back is glimpsed, as well as the side of her breast. They're being watched and filmed on camera phones during the act. Another character makes near-constant crude sexual gestures for laughs.
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Non-stop foul language, including constant use of words like "f--k" and its derivations, "s--t," "d--k," "hell," and more.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character snorts cocaine off a woman's backside. Another is a smoker. Hockey players frequently do shots at a bar after games.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Goon is a fact-based sports dramedy about a hockey player whose primary job is to be the team's designated thug on the ice; consequently, it features plenty of violent and bloody confrontations on the ice. It glorifies fighting and suggests that participating in a good beat down can be an entertaining activity. Perhaps not surprisingly, considering that the script was written by veterans of Superbad and Knocked Up, there's also near-nonstop swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), lots of drinking, some drug use, and a few sex scenes that are pretty brief but do include partial nudity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie's characters are thinly drawn, and many of them aren't all that likable. Doug isn't a particularly bright guy -- as even he admits in several scenes -- but he's smart enough to realize that being a goon might be a decent career for a man with few other skills. Goon the movie, however is even less intelligent. Doug is sweet -- really the only nice person in the film -- but it's hard to watch him get brutalized over and over. And the fight scenes are quite gory, with bloody puddles on the ice and close-ups of teeth sliding across the rink.
Goon is supposedly based on a true story (it was inspired by the nonfiction book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey by Dough Smith and Adam Frattasio), which may be why the script by Superbad co-writer Evan Goldberg and Judd Apatow regular Jay Baruchel includes a scene in which Doug's parents walk out of a restaurant, ashamed of their son's job; it feels like it was just thrown in for no particular reason. The same goes for Doug's budding relationship with Eva (Alison Pill), who likes him, then spurns him, then likes him, again with no explanation. In the end, Goon is a mix of standardized sports-movie cliches, hardcore fistfights (certain to appeal to some viewers), some raunchy humor, and scenes that don't fit together.
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