Box art for Goon

Goon

  • Rated NR
  • HD and SD formats available

independent, special interest


From the writer of Superbad & Pineapple Express, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a gang of underperforming semi-pro hockey players to glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    82%
  • Audience Score
    70%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Bloody sports dramedy about brutal life of hockey enforcer.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Goon is a fact-based sports dramedy about a hockey player whose primary job is to be the team's designated thug on the ice; consequently, it features plenty of violent and bloody confrontations on the ice. It glorifies fighting and suggests that participating in a good beat down can be an entertaining activity. Perhaps not surprisingly, considering that the script was written by veterans of Superbad and Knocked Up, there's also near-nonstop swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), lots of drinking, some drug use, and a few sex scenes that are pretty brief but do include partial nudity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Goon's message. Do you think the film glorifies fighting? Is Doug intended to be a role model?
  • How do the fights in Goon compare to violent encounters in other movies? What do you think would happen if someone was really beaten as badly as the characters here? Are the fights realistic?
  • Goon is based on a nonfiction book; how accurate do you think the story is? Why might filmmakers change some of the facts in a movie based on a true story?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    82%
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  • Audience

    70%

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Hilariously funny and easily the best film Sean William Scott has been in.

- stuartb1234, Saturday, June 23, 2012

4 stars

Hilariously funny and easily the best film Sean William Scott has been in.

- stuartb1234, Saturday, June 23, 2012

3 stars

An off-color comedy that revels in its awkwardness. I'm not one who just normally takes chances on random films at Redbox, but for some reason I just picked this one up. And while I certainly wouldn't buy it, I was glad I spent an evening with it. Sean William Scott is surprisingly really good as the gentle giant with an iron, bloodstained fist. It is nice to see him doing something else than a variation on his Stiffler shtick. Also, Schrieber is really funny as the Canadian brute Rex Rhea. While the love story could have benefitted from some tweaking, the dialogue is well-written and features some very funny moments interrupted by some horrendously violent moments. I can see this film achieving a kind of cult status in the years to come and while I am not hopelessly in love with it, I can certainly appreciate it for what it is.

- axadntpron, Sunday, June 3, 2012