From Fight Club to Road House, seeing two characters knuckle-up and go to town is a damn good time for all involved. And the joy of the fight scene stems from what kind of brawl is going down. It can be a backwoods, throat-grabbing good time, or an underground bloodbath between “friends.” Uniqueness is vital to a fight scene, but so is the punchy dialogue before, during, and after.
The film, Goon, (which was co-written by Evan Goldberg and Man Seeking Woman star Jay Baruchel) stands out for its icy cold beatdowns and fun dialogue. Like all great sports films, it’s also a charming underdog tale, with dim brawler Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) finally finding a place in this world by beating the crap out of opposing hockey players.
In honor of that charm and Sunday’s NHL All-Star game — a key moment on the calendar that celebrates the only major team sport that has the good sense to let its athletes settle things with their fists — we thought we’d look back at Goon and all of its best moments.
“My Brother’s Gay!” -Doug
Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) doesn’t necessarily have a short fuse, but certain things set him off to a point of no return (and even that is an understatement). One of these things is the love he has for his brother. And when someone, specifically a foul-mouthed B-league hockey player, crosses him screaming obscenities about his bro, it is a fact that that guy is going down. This is the first glimpse into “that Doug sh*t” that Gord so eloquently refers to and boy does it not disappoint.