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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.

Director:

Andrew Neel

Writers:

David Gordon Green, Brad Land (memoir) | 2 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Cruelty. Brutality. Fraternity.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Nick Jonas cited in a interview that some of his inspiration for how he approached the film was through one wild drunken night he had in Bowling Green, OH ( home of Bowling Green State University) after a solo performance at BGSU's Stroh Center. See more »

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Performed by Matthew Wall
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Animal house
24 February 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Goat is a look at the dark side of fraternity initiations and is a long way away from the comedy antics of Animal House.

Brad (Ben Schnetzer) follows his popular brother Brett (Nick Jonas) to college. Right at the off he gets beaten up and mugged by some strangers at a party he gave a lift to.

However much worse is to come as the new students need to survive hell week and various rites of passage that is associated when it comes to joining college fraternities even if hazing has been outlawed.

These pledges are meant to be darkly comic but nauseating and the new students endure it for the prestige of joining a house and getting laid. Of course we know that tragedy will strike and brother Brett is already dubious about these frats and what they stand for and is worried about Brad.

James Franco makes a comedic guest appearance as an older former college frat who drops in to tell the new recruits that being a member of the house means joining a brotherhood who always watch your back.

Apart from the disturbing scenes of the various initiations and the fraternity members later falling apart when disaster strikes there is little story here. It is even not that interesting because it lacks the darkly comic humour that this film needed.


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