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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Unflinching look at frat culture has sex, drugs, violence.

Movie R 2016 96 minutes
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age 17+


This is a extremely dark and brutal movie about the dangers of fraternity hazing and post dramatic stress disorder It’s got plenty of language and bully type behavior( like they make lead to believe he’s eating feces) This isn’t for kids in any way There’s plenty of drugs, nudity, and language but a great watch for adults or older high school kids

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age 18+

Worst waste of an hour and a half

This is the first review I have ever written for a movie. I felt so passionately about letting others know how terrible it was. First off I got this movie because Nick Jonas and James Franco were the main people on the cover. James Franco was literally in the movie for 10 minutes. . This kid Brad gets his car stolen and the crap beat out of him.. After that it shows him going to college with his brother Brett who is apart of a fraternity. The whole movie is about Brad and his sadness of the trmatic experience of getting the crap beat out of him then dealing with even more extreme traumatic experiences trying to be apart of a "brotherhood". Mind you; there are no "twists" or "spins". The makers of the movie would make every scene dramatic and then NOTHING would happen. At the end I really thought they would attempt to make the movie come together... NOPE. Brad had to ID a few men at the police station to attempt to find one of the guys who jumped him and stole his car at the beginning of the movie.. Literally didn't even identify one. After shedding a few tears with his brother rambling about nothing they drive off to the area where the event took place and... End of movie. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Terrible!! BTW I hope what they showed in the film about frats is bogus, no human beings should ever treat others in such a way. I can give these film makers props on one thing only and that was having Nick Jonas as one of the main characters, had it not been for him and his perfectness I would of shut the movie off within the first 20 minutes.

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Directed with immediacy and realism, this harrowing exploration of fraternity culture is a must-see for parents and college-bound teens who are thinking of joining the Greek system. Of course not all fraternities operate this way, but the fact remains that Goat is based on a real events. And they're extremely uncomfortable to watch. The pledges seem to believe that their lives won't be worth living if they're not in a fraternity, and the fraternity brothers seem to believe that they can do as they please, whether it's command young women to make out with each other, take turns peeing on a pledge, or stay silent in their role in a pledge's death.

Andrew Neel directs a script co-written by David Gordon Green, and it's filled with scenes that will make parents cringe and hope their own kids will (or already do) know better. But at some schools, the story suggests, it's  basically go Greek or get left behind. Among the cast, Schnetzer gives a particularly nuanced performance as Brad, who really isn't cut out for the whole fraternity thing but wants to belong. Jonas is believable as Brett, although he has less to do than Schnetzer. One of the movie's only flaws is that the story focuses solely on the fraternity members and pledges, without puttingtheir place in the school community into context. There's only one scene with a dean, and it's unclear when or how these fraternity brothers go to class, since they're nearly always drunk or high (or trying to get that way). The only women in the movie, except for an early crush who disappears right after she and Brad kiss, are sexual conquests or a stripper. But, the movie argues, that's how the fraternity brothers see women, so it's fitting -- if not ideal. While it might be hard to watch with an older teen, Goat offers important talking points for parents and their graduating or college-aged teens.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 23, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: December 20, 2016
  • Cast: Nick Jonas , Ben Schnetzer , Daniel Flaherty
  • Director: Andrew Neel
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing behavior involving hazing, strong sexual content and nudity, pervasive language, violence, alcohol abuse and some drug use
  • Last updated: November 6, 2022

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