There’s an undeniable low-key charm to Michael Dowse’s Goon
. It’s the kind of small-budget comedy that earns your goodwill early and easily, even if it isn’t breaking new ground or transcending its readily apparent monetary constraints.
Main character Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) starts the film as an inarticulate bouncer with granite fists and a steel head. When his hockey-obsessed best friend Ryan (co-screenwriter Jay Baruchel) takes him to a local game, the motormouthed superfan verbally taunts a goon headed to the penalty box. The player goes up into the stands after Ryan, but Doug steps in and knocks the dude senseless. The local coach sees an ...