Doug ‘The Thug’ Glatt Is Back In Goon: Last of the Enforcers
The Goon movie series are hands down the most brutal sports movies of all time.
Seann William Scott makes his triumphant return as Doug ‘the Thug’ Glatt in Goon: Last of the Enforcers.
Written by Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot as a sequel to the 2011 film Goon. The film was also directed by Baruchel in his outstanding directorial debut.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers was released in Canada on March 17, 2017, with release for the United States, United Kingdom and several other countries set for September 1, 2017. Lets review it before it hits North America eh!
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Pro hockey is going through a lockout period, and all eyes are focused on the minor league. Doug ‘the Thug’ Glatt’s team the Hailfax Highlanders have to deal with an influx of new players. Owner of the Highlanders, Hyrum Cain, fully intends to capitalize off of the sports disorder.
Before the game kicks off Doug is made captain of the team, and enthusiastically leads them onto the ice. During the competitive match up the Thug is lured into a fight with up-and-coming sensation Anders Cain, who is the son of the Highlanders owner Hyrum Cain.
Doug has never met a rival so on his level. Anders hands Doug a bloody beat down in their fight, and injures his right shoulder. With their captain injured, the Highlanders lose the game. The injury causes Doug to have to retire, which he does willingly due to his wife’s pregnancy.
Without their captain the team suffers a long losing streak. This turn of events causes the teams owner to bring on several new overseas players, and also adds his son to the squad. The team owner forces the coach to make his son the new captain, and it leads to much dysfunction in the looker room.
Meanwhile Glatt takes on a new job at an insurance agency, and is given a dingy basement office where people like to pee on his window. Doug visits former rival, Ross “The Boss” Rhea, who now is the champion of a hockey fighting league. The injury has made it so The Thug can no longer throw a punch with his right arm, so he convinces Ross to train him to fight southpaw.
After training, Ross convinces Doug to contend in the hockey fighting league to get the attention of the minor league hockey circuit once again. The fight ends up being a battle royal where Glatt and Ross are the 2 last men standing. Instead of finishing The Boss off, he helps him off the ice. The owner of the Highlanders was in the audience to witness the shit-show.
Meanwhile the Highlanders have stepped their game up significantly, but due to their violent new captains crazy penalty record its still not enough to clench a playoff position. Anders bad attitude has the entire team on edge, and their game-play reflects it. Anders ends up being suspended for knocking an entire team out single handed.
They decide to bring The Thug back to the team for another try in Anders absence, which he is not pleased about. Since they are now parents Doug’s wife makes him agree not to fight if he makes his return. He reluctantly agrees, and the team goes on a winning streak due to his comeback.
After Anders returns from suspension he goads Doug into being more aggressive during a game, which gets them both suspended. During the after party the 2 get into an altercation. Doug’s wife is not happy about him breaking his promise about not fighting, and kicks him out of the house.
The Highlanders need to win the last 2 games of the season to narrowly slip into the playoffs. With the teams 2 star players suspended, they bring on Ross to fill their shoes. The team owner is tired of his sons crap, and terminates his contract. Ross helps the team win the first of the 2 pre-playoff games.
Doug’s wife goes into labor, and they make amends in the hospital where she gives him her blessing to fight again. The team is waiting for Doug in the hospital waiting room, and they share a warm, but yet odd heart felt scene.
Andres immediately joins his old team again, which just so happens to be the team that stands between the Highlanders and the playoffs. Right from the gate Andres starts causing problems. He ends up hitting Ross with a cheap shot that knocks him unconscious. The Boss is carted away on a stretcher.
At this point Doug has had enough, and its time for some redemption. The 2 brawlers have a great fight where Glatt’s southpaw training was enough to score him the victory. He tries to show mercy to Andres, but as he is skating away his rival claims he will never stop harassing him. Realizing his family is more important than hockey, Doug uses his right arm to level his foe once and for all.
Andres father comes to check on him as he lay their in a bloody pile, and Andres claims he hates this sport. After being carted off of the ice Doug watches his team score the win as he realizes his career is over. Then they all live happily ever after.
As the credits roll they end the movie with a blooper reel that is very worth sticking around for.
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The Review of Goon: Last of the Enforcers
The following review will be graded on the following 6 factors. You can find a review widget with the score tallies towards below.
I was a big fan of the original movie. Towards the beginning I was afraid it wasn’t going to be as good as its predecessor. I thought writers Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot did a fantastic job in the long run, and enjoyed this story just as much as the first one.
They put together an amazing cast for the film. I thought the cast was 100% on point. The actors all did a fantastic job, and the movie was directed very well.
As you can expect, the sequel was just as action packed with intense hockey action, and great fight scenes.
Hockey, fighting, and blood may not be for everybody. If you have a weak stomach the gore may be a little much for you. The fight scenes in the film are extremely brutal.
Though the movie is very bloody, they tried to add a little sentiment to the story, which always helps build up the characters. There are no real heart felt scenes that will bring tears to your eyes like most sports based movies, but it did have its moments.
I found the movie to be very well balanced with action and comedy. There are many moments that are sure to make you laugh out loud. They do go a little heavy on the dick jokes, but I’ve come to expect that with any film containing Seann William Scott.
- Great Story
- Action Packed
- Very Bloody
- Not The Average Dramatic Sports Flick