1) prejudice like with goon is how we got seperate water fountains in the South. Just give it a chance
2) I never ment the movie said that just idiots take that from it in retrospect. Same dumbasses who probably think the Flyers in the 70s was the good old days of hockey
As a MAJOR hockey fan in the 70s, when Slap Shot came out... well -- when it was first on HBO and my parents argued about whether I could see it or not -- to me it was in response to the Flyers. My opinion at the time was that Flyers were ruining hockey. As a kid I felt like they were cheaters. True, I adored the Hansen Brothers - but again we're a three sister family and we all dubbed ourselves members of trios a la the Marx Brothers (guess who I was -- unless my sisters were haters and dubbed me Gummo). We had the New Haven Nighthawks too, so the minor league thing was interesting. The lack of family life was interesting to me - I was thinking I was going to not even go to high school - just go right into ballet so... it was interesting and for me as a kid it was strangely informative. So I am seriously colored by a lot of weird outside things with that movie. I think that maybe it easy to gloss over the depth and also to be kind insulted by the lack of respect for the game of hockey. It did focus on the bad - I felt it was assuming the audience just knew what real hockey was, as I did and everyone in my hometown. It's only when you look at really negative reviews of the movie that you see how people warp the message totally. again in my opinion. How someone takes a movie is how they take it. No one is wrong.
Goon lacks the absolute buy-in from all involved. To me, it comes off kitchy, formulaic ( I watched at it - I didn't truly watch it I will confess). I liked The Tooth Fairy - Goon is the same ilk as that - contrived but somewhat charming.
(SIDEBAR: Wow all these memories! I always thought a hockey player had to be ugly. I never saw Youngblood because the mere presence of Rob Loew was offensive to me. I have to see that one. Clark Gillies was a hockey player. Mike Bossey was a hockey player. I just remember thinking "what's so scary about Scott Stevens? Oh no blonde handsome BMOC is coming for me!" and the man cannot fight - only get hysterical. Seriously - I thought of him as Greg Marmalarde I am SOOOOO grateful to my friend Len who shared cheap seats with everyone and got me hooked on Devils hockey. I want a new hockey player to come along and consistently do my on ice bidding again. At least the Devils have a vision akin to mine. It's just when guys wuss out I have to stop watching for a while or I get too crazy - I sort of hate that powerless you suck feeling I get from Bryce Salvador I kid I kid hellifido )
Edited by Pepperkorn, 09 September 2013 - 09:08 AM.