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As Ellis prepares to leave Tucson for his freshman year at an East Coast prep school, he also faces separating from his flaky, new age mother and the only real father he has ever known: Goat Man.



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Fifteen-year-old Ellis is getting ready to leave his luxurious home in the foothills of Tucson for his freshman year at Gates Academy, an East Coast prep school. This means leaving behind Wendy, his flaky, new age mother and the only real father he has ever known, Goat Man. Written by Anonymous

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You can't choose your family...or can you?



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content including teen drug and alcohol use, language, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goats: Cabras  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Mark Poirier's original screenplay of Goats (2012), the lead character played by Graham Phillips searches for a special Christmas gift for his friend "The Goat Man" played by David Duchovny. In a scene at Smash Records in Washington DC. he finds the gift , and it's a cd of The Squids "4 Floors Of Whores - The Squids Collection" In the original script Graham Phillips line is something like "Oh wow, The Squids 4 Floors Of Whores cd, I can't find it anywhere on the internet." He holds it up and buys it and later in the movie gives it to The Goat Man. See more »


Where's the 'tofurkey'? There is a big build up for the appearance of 'tofurkey' on Wendy's Thanksgiving dinner table out on the terrace but it never makes it on camera. What an odd omission? I know 'Oz' the asst. property master who prepared the Thanksgiving meal baked half a dozen 'tofurkey' rolls in the craft service trailer and at least 4 were carved for the scene and delivered to the table as part of the action. See more »


[first lines]
Ellis Whitman: Goat Man took me on my first trek when I was eleven. Not long after that he taught me how to do bong hits. It doesn't matter where we go on these treks, we just wander. Goat Man says it's the journey that counts, which I know is cliche. In a few days I leave for the prep school my father went to. Goat Man's calling this my farewell trek. He says I should suck up as much of the Sonoran sun as I can, but he's the one doing most of the soaking.
Goat Man: Whew! You won't have all this at Gates ...
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A very enjoyable film
30 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was really expecting the film not to be very good from the reviews i read at Rotten Tomatoes. I was pleasantly surprised. We rented the film from Comcast On Demand since it did not open in our area. I was able to view it twice before it was taken down. I enjoyed it more the second time round. I found the whole cast to be very good. Especially Ty Burrell from the Good Wife. David Duchovny was excellent as The Goat Man and really showed that he can play other characters very well. I did find Vera Farmiga a little over the top, but then I believe she was supposed to be. Also enjoyed Justin Kirk as the sleazy boyfriend of the Farmiga character. Ty Burell while i expected to hate him since she always referred to him by a very vulgar term turned out to be a nice person. It was also nice to see that in this film it was the guys that showed some personal parts instead of the ladies:) Bottom line, while not Oscar material its a very enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half. I think when it comes out on DVD I will buy it.

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