Goon, a 2012 comedy film, has been adapted from the novel ‘Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey’ by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith. The plot focuses on a less-than-brilliant man who finds a perfect fit as an enforcer for a hockey team.
When Doug Scott (Seann William Scott) realized that he cannot live up to the high standards set by his brother and father, who are both doctors, he becomes discouraged, trying to find his niche in life. In an attempt to cheer him up, his pa takes him to a hockey game, subsequently changing his life.
When Doug defends his friend after an angry player from the opposing team tries to take a swing at him, the crowd cheers madly, seeing Doug pummel the hockey player to pulp. This leads the teams manager to recruit Doug who becomes acquainted with his hockey idol as the two human-punching-bags take us through a hilariously funny game of hockey.
Directed by Michael Dowse, the film originally premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. The movie refers to several real-life incidents, such as Marty McSorely being suspended for slashing Donald Brashear and 1979 incident when Bruins player Stan Jonathan started beating a Rangers fan with his own shoe. With Goon, except those ‘funny because it’s true’ hockey stereotypes to be in full swing, no pun intended.