Often it happens that classic films skip past through us. We don’t even get to know that they exist. Such pure films can touch our hearts beyond entertainment. One such movie I saw years ago was Goon. Sean William Scott, whom we know from the famous American Pie series stars as the lead along with Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel, and Allison Pill.
The film tells the story of Doug Glatt, a dimwitted bouncer who has not achieved anything in his life. He is too sweet but can fight like a monster when needed. He is allowed to play in a Minor League Hockey Team as an enforcer. Doug’s life is changed for the better, and he gains instant fame through his dominant wins in fights. His real tests show up when his idol Ross “The Boss” Rhea (Liev Schreiber) is demoted to his league and is knocking teeth out of every opponent’s face, and is desperate to do the same to Doug.
Goon is soaked in Canadian kindness, hockey, and fights. The movie offers us a chance to see what emotional and professional fulfillment looks like. When you don’t have options in life, and fate gifts you something, maybe that’s the moment you set up a discipline that can change your life.