Dec 30, 2013
Goon: Canadian Ice Hockey, Beefcake, Bonding, and a Gay Brother
Doug (Seann William Scott) feels out of place in his successful family -- his dad and brother Ira are both physicians, and he's just a bouncer in a bar.
His brother Ira, played by David Paetkau, is gay, so he won't stand for homophobia).
As a result, Doug gets a job with the Halifax Highlanders as an "enforcer," aka a "goon," a player with the job of protecting his teammates against violent or dirty acts from the opposing team.
There's a substantial amount of homophobia on his team -- such as the scene where he refuses to let other guys sign his penis, and is therefore labeled "gay." But a substantial amount of nudity and camaraderie, too.
They buddy-bond; when another player hits LaFlamme, the protective Doug beats him up and is suspended for a game.
Of course, in the climactic game, Doug and LaFlamme work together to triumph over the evil Rhea.
There's a hetero-romance, but it's just there because every movie has to throw in a hetero-romance; it's completely irrelevant to the gay text and subtext.