Goon – Kein Film für Pussies (2011)

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Goon – Kein Film für Pussies: Directed by Michael Dowse. With Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber. Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

“u0026quot;Goonu0026quot; stars Seann William Scott as Doug Glatt, a dimwitted bouncer who manages to make his way onto a local hockey team. His role? Heu0026#39;s an enforcer, a violent position which requires him to get into bloody fist fights with opposing players. Offering respite from these scenes of violence is a hastily sketched romance between Doug and Eva, played by Alison Phill. Sheu0026#39;s a hockey fan who, like Doug, views herself as damaged goods.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThough the filmu0026#39;s messages – u0026quot;donu0026#39;t be ashamed of who you are or what you dou0026quot;, u0026quot;always love your teammatesu0026quot; etc – are saccharine, u0026quot;Goonu0026#39;su0026quot; overall tone is one of hyper-violence. Much of the film consists of Glatt being punched in the face or cracking skulls. Seann William Scott, so good in roles which require him to be an egotistical maverick, is given little to work with here. Heu0026#39;s simple and childlike and not much fun, though this also makes the film somewhat interesting.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSome of u0026quot;Goonu0026#39;su0026quot; skating scenes are well shot, but its original premise (a hockey movie about a hockey player who canu0026#39;t play hockey) quickly gives way to sports movie clichés. The filmu0026#39;s swearing, which aims to be vulgarly funny, isnu0026#39;t inventive enough. Elsewhere director Michael Dowse lays on some heavy Christ symbolism. He thinku0026#39;s heu0026#39;s making the next u0026quot;Raging Bullu0026quot;.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e7.5/10 – Starts well, goes nowhere. Worth one viewing.”

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