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BEST: #2

BEST: #2

Goon (2011)

I did wrong by this film when I first saw it, dismissing it as a patronizingly earnest Slap Shot pastiche. Glad I gave it a second chance. Goon is that rare unsentimental sports movie that both respects and takes down the game. Get beyond the colorful background characters spouting quotable locker room gold, and you've got some rich work from Seann William Scott and Liev Schrieber. And to its eternal credit, the obligatory love interest (Alison Pill) may be the most vividly painted character in the entire film. There are rough patches -- writer Jay Baruchel's character is so profane that he derails every scene he's in -- but Goon is a small-budget gem.

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