Goon, released six years ago, was a funny-as-hell hockey comedy based on a real sports figure who played shitty hockey—but fought like a madman. It seemed to give new life to the acting career of Seann William Scott.
The sequel, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, is directed by Goon co-star Jay Baruchel—and it is an embarrassment from all angles. For starters, it’s sloppy—the kind of sloppy you would expect from an actor who has no clue what he is doing behind the camera. The tone shifts like crazy; the jokes fall flat; and the performances get killed by terrible editing.
The movie deals with Goon hero Doug Glatt (Scott) going into retirement shortly after being named captain of his team, because he can’t fight from his left side. Then the film embarks on a strange side story involving his work as an insurance salesman while he tries to make a comeback, and eventually gets fight training from Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). His training includes fighting in a hockey league that has no actual hockey—just guys dressed in hockey gear who are fighting. That sounds like it could be funny, but trust me, it’s not.
The talented Alison Pill returns as Eva, Doug’s love interest, and her talents are wasted, as are the talents of Elisha Cuthbert as her drunk pal.
I laughed twice, and both moments involved Doug’s insurance boss and his activities in Doug’s basement office. Otherwise, I just groaned and felt bad for all involved.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers is available via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.