When sports comedy hit Goon landed back in 2011, it socked the comedy world in the teeth. As we watched a tooth fly through the air in slow-motion accompanied by strains of classical music in the opening scene, it became clear that this was not just another dumb-but-entertaining comedy — this was something new.
The rest of the movie delivered on the promise of that opening scene, giving us a movie with big laughs, but also real heart, drama, and a clear interest in the real-world politics of competitive ice hockey. Fans of the sleeper hit were elated when writer Jay Baruchel (also the producer & star of This is the End) announced he was penning a sequel back in 2012. News about Goon 2 has been fairly scarce in the ensuing 4 years — until now.
The 'Goon: The Last of the Enforcers' Trailer Has Landed!
Finally, the Goon: The Last of the Enforcers trailer is upon us — and it promises that Doug 'The Thug' Glatt's return to the ice is going to be as bloody and brutal as we'd hoped.
As you may recall, Glatt is the enforcer for the farm team Halifax Highlanders; as an enforcer, his role is less about actually playing ice hockey and more about protecting the star players/beating the shit out of the opposition. The first Goon movie built up a compelling rivalry between Glatt (portrayed by Seann William Scott) and his idol/fellow hockey enforcer Ross 'The Boss' Rhea (Liev Schreiber), which ended with one of the most vicious hand-to-hand fights to ever appear in a #comedy movie. Seriously, I didn't think 4 minutes of Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber punching each other in the face could be so emotionally and physically harrowing.
The trailer for Goon: The Last of the Enforcers promises more of the same: crass humor, real grit and bloody, bloody violence. Check it out below:
What's the Story?
Although it's good to see that Doug 'The Thug' hasn't got any snappier with the smalltalk in the intervening years, he still packs one hell of a punch. That trailer was a little short on plot detail, but The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that The Last of the Enforcers:
... Sees [Glatt's] team, the Halifax Highlanders, reunite with a host of new players during a pro lockout.
It's promising to see the team behind Goon return to issues which affect the NHL in the real world. In between the belly laughs, the first movie gave us an unflinching look at the unglamorous life of an enforcer, at a time when the ice hockey community was mourning the losses of 3 NHL enforcers, all of whom were under 40. Each of the 3 deaths were linked to depression, and all 3 victims suffered serious head trauma inflicted on the job. One of the players in question, Derek Boogard,"suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy more advanced than that seen in some former enforcers who had died in middle age".
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Though not nearly as harrowing as the tough mental and physical effects of enforcement, NHL lockouts are still a hot-ticket issue in the game. The lockouts in the 2014-15 season reduced the season from 82 to 48 games; the 2004-05 season was entirely wiped out by a lockout. We're sure that writer/director/star #JayBaruchel — whose previous work includes The Trotsky — will have some interesting commentary to make about labor action in the NHL (in between the beatdowns and one-liners, naturally).
The Whole Gang Is Back Together
The nail in the coffin of many sequels is too many original cast and crew members jumping ship. Luckily, many of the key figures from Goon are back again, in what is surely a promising endorsement of the quality of the sequel.
As previously mentioned, Jay Baruchel has penned the sequel — although this time his co-writer is Jesse Chabot rather than Evan Goldberg (of Pineapple Express and Superbad fame). Goldberg has, however, returned as an executive producer.
In terms of the original cast, #Goon2 will see the return of numerous cast members, including:
- Seann William Scott as Doug "The Thug" Glatt
- Jay Baruchel as Pat (the self-described 'lovable wise-cracking best friend')
- Alison Pill as Eva (who, will, since the end of the last movie, have become Doug's wife)
- Liev Schreiber as Ross "The Boss" Rhea
- Marc-André Grondin as Xavier Laflamme
- David Paetkau as Ira Glatt
- Kim Coates as Coach Ronnie Hortense
- Jonathan Cherry as Goalie Marco "Belchie" Belchior
As well as being joined by the aforementioned 'new players', the old guard will also be joined by Elisha Cuthbert as Eva's mouthy sister — you may have caught her one line in the trailer:
DOOOOOUUUGGG WITH THAT BIG D***!
What — who says a comedy can't be smart, emotionally gripping, and also dumb as all hell?
If that sounds like a winning combo to you, you can check out Goon: The Last of the Enforcers when it hits theaters in March 2017.