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Goat

Rated R 96 minutes 2016

★★★★★ ★★★★★
In an early scene, an assault victim reports a campus crime to the police, a bit belatedly, causing the investigating cop to question the victim’s pre-assault actions as complicity. It’s a teenage boy (Ben Schnetzer), beaten up for his ATM card by two hoods he had given a ride to, just to be a cool bro. In a later scene, a recent graduate (James Franco) walks past his old fraternity house, where he had been a legendary “wild man,” and he hangs around “just for one beer … I got a wife and a kid now;’ an evening montage later, he’s passed out on the couch. Those two scenes manage to be insightful about fraternity culture and such broader matters as shame and Peter Pan-ism. The rest is a screed about killer weed/frats that’s too well-wrapped in its cloak of righteousness to see that it’s just a one-note Reefer Madness-level jeremiad. Schnetzer overcompensates by joining the fraternity of his big biological bro (well-known Jonas Bro, Nick). Sins are committed, someone sees the light and repents. Hallelujah! TELL YOUR CHILDREN: Just say no to frats.

Film Credits

Director: Andrew Neel

Producer: Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Vince Jolivette, James Franco, Robert Halmi Jr., Jim Reeve and John Wells

Cast: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty, Virginia Gardner, Jake Picking, Brock Yurich, Will Pullen, Austin Lyon, Eric Staves and James Franco

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