OUT 8 Septem­ber / CERT 15 / 101 MINS Di­rec­tor Jay Baruchel cast Seann Wil­liam Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber, Ali­son Pill, Elisha Cuthbert

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GOON WAS A rather sweet sports com­edy about find­ing your value in the world even when you’re lack­ing in ex­cep­tional ta­lent. Six years on, this se­quel adds lit­tle and freezes out most of the heart of the orig­i­nal in favour of cruder jokes from broader char­ac­ters. En­forcer Doug ‘The Thug’ Glatt (Scott) is pro­moted to cap­tain. How­ever, in­juries, a new boss and im­pend­ing fa­ther­hood sug­gest Doug’s days as a mi­nor sports star may soon be over. Co-writer Jay Baruchel also di­rects here (his de­but), but he strug­gles to get any pur­chase on the story. Every­one’s try­ing to re­cap­ture the ap­peal of the orig­i­nal, but it should have re­mained a cult one-off.

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