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Goat (2016)

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Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of "brotherhood," tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.

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Andrew Neel

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David Gordon Green, Brad Land (memoir) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Schnetzer ... Brad
Nick Jonas ... Brett
Gus Halper ... Chance
Danny Flaherty ... Will
Virginia Gardner ... Leah
Jake Picking ... Dixon
Brock Yurich ... Wes
Will Pullen ... The Smile
Austin Lyon ... Dave
Eric Staves ... Baity
James Franco ... Mitch
Jamar Jackson Jamar Jackson ... The Breath
Kevin Crowley ... Detective Burke
Lauren Knutson Lauren Knutson ... Michelle
Jon Osbeck ... Provost
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Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of "brotherhood," tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.

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Taglines:

Cruelty. Brutality. Fraternity.

Genres:

Drama

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Rated R for disturbing behavior involving hazing, strong sexual content and nudity, pervasive language, violence, alcohol abuse and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beavatás See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$23,020, 25 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,020, 25 September 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Since when did Porky's become so serious?
27 September 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Goat starts off similar to such frat boy slapstick comedies as Animal House or the more recent Everybody Wants Some, but nowhere near as funny and entertaining, unless you count a ridiculous overblown cameo from James Franco as man in his mid-thirties who saw the best years of his life as being in the frat, which is why he shows up to say high once in a while. Off the bat the movie did show a tone that said it was going to be something different from the fun and games of Frat life.

And the tone definitely sets up for the dark mood change. The second most famous person in this film, Nick Jonas, has a supporting role as a frat boy who was already semi-questioning the whole thing when his brother pledges during hell week, and it's not sitting well having to watch him going through the sick disturbing things they make them do.

Goat, works to expose the harshness and the dangers of Hazing. It does a great job of giving a pretty no holds barred look at one of college's oldest traditions.

But other than this view of how dark and disturbing the male bonding process can get, the movie has very little in a narrative story.

Goat, acts like a document on something based on true events. You'll get nothing from it, no lesson learned, only the ugly truth on frat hazing.


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