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This photo shows exactly why these two actors were perfectly cast.

As a kid in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, I’d go ice skating at the House of Ice in Mira Mesa. One day I saw a poster for an upcoming hockey game there. My brother and I went, and had a blast. Mostly because a guy with a name like “Oreo” would beat up people every game.

In the early ‘90s, I often went to San Diego Gulls game. I knew nothing about hockey, but always had fun watching guys skate, listening to the sound of the puck get hit, and the sound of guys being checked into the plexiglass.

As an adult, I always thought the fighting was ridiculous.

I know so little about the sport that when I found out a Hall of Fame hockey player went to my old high school (Chris Chelios, Mira Mesa High class of 1977), I replied “Who is that?”

I wasn’t expecting much out of this movie, especially after seeing the unfunny commercials for it. So I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of laughs it had. I found myself rooting for Seann William Scott, the actor with three first names, and one extra “n.”

Eugene Levy, who is with Scott in American Reunion, isn’t given a lot to do as the strict dad who wants his son to become a doctor like him and his brother.

This leads to one of the funniest set-ups for a fight that I’ve ever seen. A hockey player is tired of being heckled by Jay Baruchel (who co-wrote the script, and truth be told, his character could’ve been less obnoxious). When this player goes out in the stands to fight, while calling him a “f***ing f***ot!” Scotts jaw drops as he decks the guy, while muttering “My brother’s gay!”

This leads to a local scout wanting to sign Scott as an enforcer (that’s the guy on the team that does the dirty work, getting into fights and sitting in the penalty box). Since he’s currently working as a bouncer, and already feels like he isn’t accomplishing much in life, it’s a perfect fit.

People start looking up to him, and even a cute girl notices him. That’s Alison Pill, in a role I didn’t find that interesting (see her in the much better film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World).

There were a few characters I enjoyed a great deal. Marc-Andre Grondin as the hockey star that Scott is supposed to protect and Liev Schreiber, the guy who my spellcheck keeps trying to write as “Live,” are both are fun to watch. On paper I would’ve thought Schreiber was a poor choice, but his mustache, hair, and presence on screen as the enforcer nearing the end of his career (and Scott’s idol), is interesting.

The brute with a heart of gold is fine for a character, but they shouldn’t have made him quite so dumb. There were a few times he seemed more like the Waterboy than just a naïve goon.

All the gay taunting in the locker room seemed bizarre, realistic, and most important – hysterical. You just have to wonder why, if they talked that way, they never once made fun of Scott for being Jewish.

They made fun of other peoples accents, mothers, and drug addictions. Speaking of which, with all the trouble Ryan Leaf keeps getting into, it makes the line funnier when one player tells the rookie “Two rules! You stay away from my Percocet. And two…do you have any Percocet?”

The last member of the cast worth mentioning is character actor Kim Coates. I interviewed him during a film festival, and just looking into his eyes scared me. It was perfect casting.

The announcers voice, look, and lines were also perfect.

The film started with us hearing The Allman Brothers Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, and gave us the perfect music at other times – one of the few Rush songs I love, and Giacomo Puccini.

The closing credits had video of the real guy the movie is based on – Doug “the thug” Smith. Watching his real fights just seemed anti-climatic at that point.

The last time I saw a Seann William Scott movie at Landmark, it was The Promotion; an excellent film. His facial expressions alone make him one of the funniest comedic actors working today.

I have no idea how Judd Apotow’s name wasn’t attached to this.

It gets 3 ½ stars out of 5.