Doug Glatt (Sean Williams Scott) is a simply bouncer who can take a punch. It's how he makes his life, despite the wavering approval of his parents who all seem to expect more from him. A chance encounter at a local hockey game changes that. He throws some punches, taking out a local player and before he knows it he's taking punching for entertainment on the ice.
|Sean William Scott as Doug Glatt|
Through good (a romance with Eva, played by the adorable Alison Pill) and bad (Laflamme begins to resent the attention Glatt receives), Glatt goes about his business, unassuming, just knowing he's there to punch faces. However, the movie's arc is all building up to the eventual match up with the suspended "bad boy" of the movie, legendary tough guy Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). As each story arc is gradually resolved, the countdown to the bout grows and grows. We see Glatt season himself against others, including a bout with former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque who makes an unheralded cameo.
|Liev Schreiber as Ross Rhea|
The comedy is quirky. Sweet, simple, and at times over the top. It meshes well for the most part. The heart of the film lies within the simple but loveable Glatt. He goes about his business knowing his limits and enjoying living a life he never thought he'd get to live. He's a sweet, loveable character that is easy to like. Even the villain of the film, Rhea, portrays the typical "goon". Pleasant, fun, caring off of the ice, a man who knows his roll and does his job on the ice.
|Alison Pill as Eva|
It may not have the cross over appeal of Slapshot but among the rapidly growing hockey community, both Canadian and American, it will go down as a classic must watch. "What is wrong with you? You're not a hockey fan until you've seen Slapshot, Mystery, Alaska, and Goon!"