Goon: Last of the Enforcers (PG) ***- By Shirl Hollenberg

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Photo: Director Jay Baruchel on the set of GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS, an Entertainment One Release.

Power Play!

Photo: Director Jay Baruchel on the set of GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS, an Entertainment One Release.
Photo: Director Jay Baruchel on the set of GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS, an Entertainment One Release.

British Columbia is hockey crazy. Come to think of it so is the rest of Canada. Good news travels fast. Thanks to the success of Goon E-One Entertainment wisely gave the go ahead for Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Skate over to any Cineplex theatre throughout B.C. To enjoy this sporting comedy.

First time director Jay Baruchel clearly has learned his craft and definitely knows his way around both the ice surface and cinema landscape. Blessed with returning lead actor Seann William -Scott (American Pie) the pair ice a winning effort. Scott plays soulful forward Danny Glatt. Born to fight Glatt is the Maritime based team captain and the town folk hero.  Stars can fall out of favour so when Glatt does battle with Anders Cain a change of fortune occurs.

On ice high voltage action and a great give and take with sportscasters, team owners and coaches alike adds a sense of reality to the story. Family matters come into play big time as does a degree of warmth and even humanity as Glatt’s health and the entire issue of fighting in sports intrudes on the The psyche of both players and audiences.

Tender at times if not a touch provocative Goon: Last of the Enforcers is perfect fare for the sports set and it’s over the top stereotypes are hilarious in the extreme. Don’t forge to stick around for the closing tickets which are a blast. Game on!