Goon

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(2011) ★★★

Film4: Tuesday 7 July, 11.10pm

The Halifax Highlanders hire slow-witted bouncer Seann William Scott as an on-ice minder for out-of-form star player Marc-André Grondin. Scott is thrilled to be a hockey pro. It’s the first time he’s worn a uniform without ‘security’ on it. “Put your game face on, boys,” says coach Kim Coates. “This is about to get ugly.” Thicker than all three Hanson brothers in Slap Shot, Scott splatters the ice with blood. The weird thing – he’s a really nice guy, a gentle soul with a heart as soft as his head. This brutal but likeable Canadian comedy is full of puckish humour. “Well,” says the stadium commentator after a wretched rendition of O Canada, “that was borderline treasonous.” Unlike Paul Newman’s deathless Slap Shot, though, the film has no wider social context. Still, a big step up for director Michael Dowse after It’s All Gone Pete Tong and Take Me Home Tonight.

Certificate: 15
Duration: 92min