Already a box office smash in its native Canada, GOON tells the story of a gentle-hearted bar bouncer who gets drafted into a hockey farm team because of an uncanny ability to kick the bejeezus out of players on the opposite teams. Inspired by the true story of hockey pro DOUG SMITH, the film could be dismissed as just a raunchy version of SLAPSHOT if it weren’t for the tremendous amount of heart imbued in the script. Co-written (with EVAN GOLDBERG) and starring JAY BARUCHEL, GOON is directed by MICHAEL DOWSE and features SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT in the titular role.
Unflinchingly violent and unabashedly crass, the film somehow manages to transcend being offensive or repellant because of the pure humanity of its central character. We spoke with JAY BARUCHEL a few weeks ago and he talked about what his inspiration was in writing the script. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
GOON opens in limited release today