"Vacuous Story of Horrific Abuse"
What You Need To Know:
Based on a true story, GOAT is nihilistic and pointless in its approach to its subject matter. It never attains any lesson but the obvious one that fraternity abuse is dehumanizing. Along the way, GOAT contains a lot of graphic content, including emotional and physical abuse and substance abuse. The vague ending merely adds to GOAT’s vacuous qualities, to which no moviegoer should subject himself.
(PaPaPa, B, LLL, VV, SSS, NN, AAA, DDD, MMM) Very strong pagan, repugnant worldview with some light moral elements but a vague ending; at least 150 obscenities and profanities, plus many crude, mean verbal insults and bullying and some gross scatological content; strong violence includes at least a couple scenes where fraternity pledges are subjected to being physically assaulted while being required not to appear hurt, a brief violent fistfight, and the main character is beaten into unconsciousness while watching his car being stolen by his attackers; very strong sexual content includes a drunken party scene that features numerous shots of unmarried couples kissing passionately and engaging in foreplay, two scenes (one particularly graphic) where a nude female is fornicating with a man, fraternity pledges are forced to drink a massive amount of beer or engage in bestiality, and protagonist’s brother and other characters are promiscuous; upper and rear female and male nudity; rampant alcohol abuse occurs throughout the movie, including vicious hazing scenes that include one where a small group of young men have to drink a massive amount of beer or face the threat of having to engage in bestiality with a goat the fraternity has acquired; frequent marijuana smoking is shown among fraternity members; and very strong miscellaneous immorality includes deception, vicious assaults, stealing a car, and frequent hazing that borders on psychological and physical torture.
GOAT is a morally repugnant drama about a college freshman, who tries to follow his older brother into a fraternity only to find he’s subjected to horrific abuse. Based on a true story, GOAT has a strong pagan, abhorrent worldview with plenty of graphic content, including physical and emotional abuse and substance abuse.
Brad (Ben Schwetzer) is a college freshman about to start his school year when he leaves his older brother Brett’s (Nick Jonas) fraternity recruitment party to go home early. Brad’s approached by two other young men who ask him for a ride, only to beat him in the middle of nowhere and steal his car. When Brad recovers from his injuries, he becomes obsessed with being admitted into his brother’s fraternity as an apparent show of inner strength.
What ensues is an almost non-stop array of horrific and cruel behavior where the fraternity subjects him and his fellow pledges to life-threatening abuse, most involving forced alcohol consumption and the threat of forced intercourse with a goat if the pledges don’t do exactly as they are told. While Brett exhibits mild levels of concern and protest over the treatment of his younger brother, it’s not nearly enough to be humane. Eventually, a pledge dies from the side effects of his abuse, leading the fraternity’s leaders to cover up the circumstances.
Ultimately, (SPOILER FOLLOWS) the fraternity is brought down when Brett exposes them. Otherwise, however, GOAT is nihilistic and pointless in its approach to the subject matter, never attaining any lesson but the obvious one that fraternity abuse is debasing and dehumanizing. Along the way, GOAT contains a lot of graphic content, including emotional and physical abuse and substance abuse. The vague ending merely adds to GOAT’s vacuous qualities, of which everyone involved should be ashamed and to which no moviegoer of any kind, much less media-wise viewers, should subject themselves.