When you take on a task such as this, choosing the greatest hockey movie character of all time, you run into some absurd match-ups. Yesterday, Dean Youngblood, from Youngblood, pulled away from Swifty from Idol of the Crowds. Hopefully Swfity's presence in this competition has, at the very least, moved some of you to check out what seems to be the first hockey movie ever made.
Today, we delve further into the absurd as we pit a monkey against, well, a monkey brain. You get Jack the Chimp from MVP: Most Valuable Primate against Marco Belchier from Goon. This is a 4-5 match-up in the Mutt Division for those keeping score at home. And let's face it, if you're keeping score at home on this, you may have some serious issues.
Make the jump for some words about the movies and a new addition today, some video. Then, cast your vote.
Jack the Chimp (MVP: Most Valuable Primate, 2000)
Jack is a three-year-old chimpanzee who has been the subject of a long-term experiment by Dr. Kendall, a researcher who been teaching Jack to communicate through sign language. Jack, however, has not been making progress fast enough for Dr. Kendall's sponsor, Dr. Peabody, who has cut off his funding and sold Jack to a medical research lab.
Afraid of what could happen to his simian friend, Dr. Kendall sneaks Jack out of his home in the lab; however, Jack is accidentally sent to Canada, where he gets loose and is discovered by Tara, a deaf girl who recognizes Jack's sign language. Jack has an even bigger surprise for Tara's older brother Steven; Jack scrambles onto the ice in the midst of practice for Steven's junior league hockey team, and he and his teammates discover the monkey has a natural talent for the game.
With Jack on the team, Steven's team is on their way to a league championship, but Jack's notoriety attracts the unfortunate attention of Dr. Peabody, who are determined to send Jack back to his new owners.
Marco Belchier (Goon, 2011)
Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.
(Absolutely not safe for work, nor for children and impressionable youth)