It has been quite a few years since a really good, fun hockey movie has hit theaters here in the US. That’s about to change on Friday when Michael Dowse’s Goon — which currently has a 79% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes — comes to the big screen. Written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (Knocked Up), the film stars Seann William Scott (American Pie) as an incredibly nice (but not so bright) guy who lands a job as the enforcer on a minor league hockey team, and it’s a hilarious take on hockey the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1977 classic Slap Shot. It also gave us a great excuse to run down some of the greatest cinematic hockey scenes of all time. Be sure to let us know your favorite in the comments.
A young Rob Lowe stars as Dean Youngblood, a seventeen-year-old NHL hopeful who moves from his parents’ farm in rural New York to play in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. He’s quick and agile, but no match physically for players like the brutal and violent Carl Racki (George J. Finn). And when it all comes down to the final game of the Memorial Cup (against, of course, Racki’s Thunder Bay Bombers), Youngblood proves himself with a beautiful game-winning slow-motion penalty shot. That’s your money shot, but it’s worth sticking around for the rest of the film as Youngblood and Racki go at it in a knockdown, drag-out fight that has the entire crowd on their feet.