Inferno Pictures Inc., Don Carmody Productions, Caramel Film,
Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grondin, Eugene Levy, Liev Schreiber
Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is a bouncer at a club, but isn’t contented. Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber) on the hand, is a well known hockey player who is an “enforcer”. That’s the guy who teaches the other team a lesson when someone needs his clock cleaned. Doug accidentally gets into a fight, and easily knocks out the other guy. Since this was witnessed by the coach of the Halifax Highlanders, Doug is offered a job as a hockey player. Only trouble is that Doug doesn’t know how to skate. But the coach takes him under his wing to protect his new star player, and before long Doug gets the chance to climb the ladder toward a final showdown with Ross that you know has to happen.
Stiffler (American Pie) is a character that Scott has a hard time losing. But here he goes again with another not too bright, but incredibly cool guy who wins you over in the end. This film is pretty predictable and standard fare, but hey, it’s the best hockey film I’ve seen since “The Mighty Ducks” I reckon. Scott plays it pretty decent, and some of the other characters are a hoot. This is actually a pretty decent movie, even though you’re like to find it in the bargain bin. It’s not very well known, but it’s certainly got its moments. I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone who likes dumb sports films with lots of fights (just like hockey) and some good fart jokes and that kind of thing. Certainly it’s sophomoric, but what’s wrong with that. A little left hook is just what you need sometimes to make you forget the problems of the world. Certainly not award material, but it’s just what it sets out to be…a dumb jock movie with lots of jokes and some blood on the ice. There are several well developed characters that I don’t want to discuss so you can get to know them yourself. If you’re in the mood for a totally brainless man flick, go for this one. It’s fun.
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