Goon

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Bloody sports dramedy about brutal life of hockey enforcer.
  • R
  • 2012
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

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 & representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Non-stop foul language, including constant use of words like "f--k" and its derivations, "s--t," "d--k," "hell," and more.

Consumerism
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.

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written byangelmedia September 4, 2012

Goon is Great

I really enjoyed this, way more than I thought. I'm not sure if I love the message of "do what you do best" even if it's getting punched in...
Teen, 16 years old Written byRobbyboyfye16 April 7, 2012

ijj

American Pie star is in the bloody Hockey Dramedy with good backup cast with some tireing jokes
Teen, 14 years old Written bymovieguy97 April 27, 2012

What's the story?

Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is just a bouncer at a bar, until the night he gets into a fight in the stands at a hockey game, attracting the attention of the team's coach -- who thinks Doug's willingness to think with his fists might make him a good GOON. That's the unofficial job title of the guy who protects his teammates by picking fights with anyone on the other team who's playing a bit too rough -- usually the other side's goon. Soon Doug is causing a stir in the Canadian minor leagues, deemed a rising star simply because he's ready and eager to knock some heads. And when his team hits a winning streak, it looks like they're headed for the playoffs ... where Doug will come fist-to-fist with the league's most celebrated goon (Liev Schreiber), a match-up that every fan is eager to see.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Goon's message. Do you think the film glorifies fighting? Is Doug intended to be a role model?

  • How do the fights in Goon compare to violent encounters in other movies? What do you think would happen if someone was really beaten as badly as the characters here? Are the fights realistic?

  • Goon is based on a nonfiction book; how accurate do you think the story is? Why might filmmakers change some of the facts in a movie based on a true story?

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