Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Baruchel's "Goon" a delightfully inappropriate romp
Of the millions of Canadian kids who aspire to play pro hockey, fewer than one percent of one percent actually make it, but their numbers are legion compared to the ranks of Canadian kids who grow up to realize their dream of making a feature film about hockey.
Goon, which premiered in Montreal last night and opens in wide release this Friday, is the money shot in co-star, co-writer and co-producer Jay Baruchel's lifetime love affair with hockey. Goon has the NDG native's St. Hubert BBQ chicken-stained fingerprints all over it, whether it's in Baruchel's own delightfully inappropriate character in the film or in the wickedly clever and crude script he co-authored with accomplished Hollywood screenwriter Evan Goldberg - a script hilariously brought to life by Baruchel, co-stars Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill and an overwhelmingly Canadian supporting cast including Marc-Andre Grondin, Eugene Levy, Kim Coates, Richard Clarkin and Ricky Mabe, all under the capable direction of London, Ontario born-and-raised Michael Dowse. While the presence of Schreiber and Scott give the film its A-list legitimacy, it's the Canadian content and influence that make it a credible and fall-down funny hockey movie.
Goon is not for the faint of heart or those easily offended. It's Slapshot and then some (call it Slapshot meets the Trailer Park Boys, complete with a cameo by the Boys themselves) and you're going to have it see it twice to hear the lines you missed the first time because you were too busy trying to catch your breath.