As the dopey, moronic, insanely kind Doug Glatt, Seann William Scott delivers by far the best performance of his career. Doug is the kind of guy who asks if it’s all right to punch you in the face before he punches you in the face. He’s a goddamn glorious moron, and, best of all, he’s completely aware of his limited knowledge.
So when Doug ends up beating the shit of a hockey player who was participating in a game Doug was watching from the stands, our loveable nimrod gains instant notoriety.
Sure, Doug falls for a spacey, alcohol-loving girl (Alison Pill), a subplot that adds virtually nothing to the film’s story, but doesn’t necessarily take anything away either. And sure, time is spent on Doug’s family, which is comprised of his pretentious doctor dad (Eugene Levy, remarkably restrained), and his supportive gay brother. And sure, the film is distracted by Doug's loud, obnoxious, can’t-stop-making-sexual-references best friend (co-writer Jay Baruchel, who’s acting is the only real fault of the film), but none of that stops the movie from being fun.
Goon is perfectly decent sports comedy that aims to be nothing more than a perfectly decent sports comedy. It may be absurd, but it knows it’s absurd. It’s 92 minutes long and I can all but guarantee you’ll enjoy most every one of them. B+
Here's the man that inspired the film, Doug Smith, in action: