Comedy sequels are a difficult thing to execute correctly. In the history of cinema there are very few that have managed to live up to their predecessor. Goon 2, the sequel to the 2011 cult comedy, will attempt to do that next year. Now, director Jay Baruchel has unleashed the first trailer for Goon: Last of the Enforcers, which gives a promising look at what could be one of those few comedy sequels.
The trailer for Goon 2 showed up on YouTube and five years after the original, shows the return of Seann William Scott as Doug "The Thug" Glatt. It really is a teaser in the true sense of the word, since the trailer clocks in at barely a minute long and gives very little in terms of plot for the movie. Even without that, the trailer is probably exactly what everyone who liked the original Goon would want to see, because there is a lot of cursing, fights and low brow humor, in the best sense.
In case you didn't see the original Goon, or if you need a refresher, Doug, played by Seann William Scott of American Pie fame, is a mostly sweet-natured, simple guy. Not exactly the "hockey" type. But, he does have a talent for beating people up, which is a big thing in the world of hockey. A local hockey team takes notice of his unique skill and Doug is recruited to be their new enforcer, which pretty much means he just skates around and takes care of business by beating up people on the ice. He eventually crosses paths with the league's biggest goon (hence the name), Ross "The Boss" Rhea, played by Liev Schreiber, who is also returning for Goon: Last of the Enforcers.
Goon had modest success at the box office, bringing in $7 million overall, but the movie wasn't very expensive to make and found a huge audience on streaming platforms later on. What was perhaps more important when it came to getting Goon 2 made was that the original was very well-liked by critics and audiences. The movie currently holds an 82 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Outside of maybe the horror genre, comedy is maybe the toughest sell for critics, so that definitely counts for something.
Much of the original cast from the first movie is returning for Goon 2, including the previously mentioned Seann William Scott as well as Liev Schreiber as Ross Rhea. Also returning will be Marc-André Grondin as Xavier LaFlamme, Kim Coates as Coach Ronnie Hortense, Alison Pill as Eva and Jay Baruchel as Pat. T.J. Miller and Elisha Cuthbert are joining the cast for the sequel. Jay Baruchel also stepped in as director this time around, taking over for Michael Dowse. Goon: Last of the Enforcers is set for release in Canada on March 17, 2017. There is no word yet on a U.S. release, but we will be sure to keep you posted. You can check out the first trailer for yourself below.