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Goon: Last of the Enforcers: A Fun Sequel That Loses its Central Character

January 11, 2018

Goon (2011) was a breath of fresh air that featured fantastic performances, great sports action and lots of heart. Sean William’s Scott performance as a badass hockey enforcer who has a heart of gold hit a chord with me because it proved  nice dudes could also beat people up. It featured a charming central relationship that let Alison Pill to shine, and allowed Leiv Schreiber to become one of the most believable badasses I’d seen in a long time. Goon is in constant rotation at my house and I’ve pretty much told everyone how great it is.

Goon: The Last of the Enforcers begins with Doug taking a beating to a hot new prospect named Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell). The beating forces him to retire from hockey, accept a job selling insurance, and settle down with his pregnant wife Eva (Alison Pill). The retired life proves to be boring, so Doug starts secretly training for hockey again and finds himself back in touch with his frenemy Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber – always great).  Ross starts teaching Doug the art of “southpaw” fighting, and enters Doug into some hockey fight clubs where he can get his mojo back. Eventually, Doug finds himself back on the team, but he has to learn to coexist with the new captain Anders (of course) who joined the squad after Doug left.

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Watching Goon: Last of the Enforcers was tough because it felt like one of my favorite characters was being lost in the shuffle and becoming something he wasn’t. I really disliked that Doug started to regress in regards to intelligence and earnestness. It didn’t seem natural that he would lie to his wife considering he is so honest he got himself beat up because he stole Eva from other guy. Also, Scott was so great in Goon I wanted him to have another showcase to prove he is capable of carrying non-Stifler roles in the future.

I listened to a lot of Jay Baruchel’s Goon: Last of the Enforcers interviews (Happy Sad Confused is the best) and it’s evident he loves the characters and put everything he had into the film. I don’t want to say anything negative about the process because he wanted to step up and direct. I’ve also worked on many sets and know how difficult it is to create a cohesive and coherent end product. I just wish that instead of turning it up to 11, Baruchel would’ve focused more on what he liked about the characters instead of making everything more broad.

I know I have no agency over the characters, but I didn’t like that Doug regressed as a person. It is a frustrating film that got better the second time around (Thanks Netflix). There are some very funny bits in Goon: The Last of the Enforcers (Holy shit on Mary’s tits) and it features a lot of people you like. If you go into the experience expecting a very different experience from the original you will find a lot to like about the film.

Watch Goon: The Last of the Enforcers and hope that Hollywood will realize that Sean William Scott has a lot more to offer than Stifler-esque roles.

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