While hockey comedy Goon, released in 2011, didn’t completely transcend sports movie standards, it was a fresh mix of vulgarity and brutality with genuine wit and heart. Sean William Scott was great as the tough on-ice enforcer and loveable halfwit, finding a purity in the thuggery that extended far beyond the rink.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers occasionally taps into the life lessons and observational humor by way of brutality formula that worked in the original, but this time trivialities mainly involve hitting tropes of a cluttered, common story instead of reveling in the silliness. Though there are laughs within the various micro-narratives, this six-years-later sequel feels a little clunky and superfluous. We’re not enjoying the ride with a wacky bunch of minor league hockey players, we’re picking out beats and recognizing that Last of the Enforcers is a lot like Rocky III (with parts of II peppered in) … on ice! And not nearly as inspiring or well-paced.