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Here’s what I like about the “Goon” trailer

Here’s what I like about the “Goon” trailer (photo)

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It’s been over thirty years since “Slap Shot” proved that the world of minor league hockey was an ideal setting for gut-level, blue-collar comedy. “Slap Shot”‘s one of the best sports movies of all time, and simultaneously one of the funniest and saddest. That’s a tough act to follow, but again, it’s been thirty years since Paul Newman laced up his skates for the Charlestown Chiefs; more than enough time passed to dive back into the place on film (There are rumors on the Internet that there was a “Slap Shot” sequel in 2002 but I don’t buy it. It’s probably fake like those pictures of that half-human/half-dog creature).

Maybe that’s what Jay Baruchel (“Undeclared,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”) had in mind when he and Evan Goldberg (“Superbad,” “Pineapple Express”) teamed up to write the comedy “Goon,” about a listless bouncer (Seann William Scott) who finds his calling as an enforcer on a semi-pro hockey team. Here’s the trailer:

Here’s what I like about the “Goon” trailer:

1. Red band trailer means R-rated movie, and really that’s the only way to depict the salty life of hockey players. 69 jokes, men signing other men’s genitals, little children watching a guy spill his guts on the boards right in front of them, it all looks like adult-oriented fun.

2. Nobody writes loving critical paeans about Seann William Scott the way they might about Will Ferrell or Ben Stiller, but maybe they should. Scott’s appeared in his share of clunkers but he’s also got more interesting movies in his filmography — including “Southland Tales,” “The Rundown,” “The Promotion,” and “Role Models” — than a lot of his more respected contemporaries. He takes risks, and while this isn’t the best time to argue this point since he’s about to play that role again, he’s not just Stiffler. He has some acting chops. Hopefully “Goon” gives him a chance to show them off.

3. With a basketball season looking less and less likely, we sports fans have to take our pleasures wherever they come. That means an increased reliance on sports movies to give us our fix, and this one looks like it could be very solid.

4. Scientific studies have proven that movies in which Liev Schreiber plays the villain are 12% funnier than movies in which Liev Schreiber either plays the hero or does not appear at all. See: “X-Men Origins: Wolverine;” “Salt.”

5. I don’t know that I buy that a guy could break a hockey helmet with a bare-headed headbutt, but I want to so bad. Like so bad.

“Goon” will be available on video on demand on February 24 and opens in theaters March 30. What do you think of its trailer? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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