19. Goon

Director: Michael Dowse
Stars: Seann William Scott, Jay Barcuhel, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, Kim Coates, Eugene Levy, Marc-Andre Grondin
Release info: In theaters on March 30 (after hitting Video On Demand on February 24), through Magnet Releasing

Why you should be excited: Technically, Happy Gilmore isn’t a full-on hockey comedy, so fans of the NHL really have waited 35 long years for a puck-and-ice laugher worthy of succeeding Paul Newman’s Slap Shot (1977). It’s safe to say that actor turned screenwriter Jay Baruchel hopes that Goon, which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg (Seth Rogen’s screenwriting partner), is embraced in that manner.

If nothing else, Goon is certainly the most violent and graphic hockey flick to date. Seann William Scott plays a timid bouncer whose ability to whoop asses leads him into a semi-professional career as a hockey team’s “goon,” the guy responsible for getting into fights and sending opponents to either the penalty box or the local hospital. And director Michael Dowse doesn’t shy away from the brutality, with blood pouring like faucet water and teeth flying out of mouths with ease. Whether it’s too hardcore for those who don’t appreciate hockey’s grittiness (especially in light of recent concussion studies) or not might be Goon’s most crucial issue.