Flash Movie Review: Goat

I would like someone to show me where it is written the characteristics on being masculine. This whole concept of what it means to be masculine is something that has always puzzled me. Who decided these rules on how a man should act? Can anyone tell me? I want to know why showing sensitivity is a bad thing. Better yet, who decided crying was wrong? There were so many years growing up where the only mantra I had was, “don’t let them see you cry, don’t let them see you cry;” over and over I would say this to myself. Also, I am afraid I never understood the whole camaraderie thing guys have over drinking alcohol because I was never a part of it, not a fan of alcohol. I have gone to many parties where people are drinking and carrying on and I grant you I feel like the odd man out because some of the things that drunken people laugh at are not funny to me. There was a time where it was okay for a man to be drunk, but if a woman got drunk she would be thought of in a negative way. In a similar vein I recall a conversation I heard where the parents were upset that their son was attracted to the colors pink and purple. The parents were asked why this upset them and they said they did not want their son to be considered a sissy. So tell me who decided which colors were approved for males? The whole concept of this masculine versus feminine thing is so ridiculous to me; I have more important things to think about then worrying if I cry in a movie or do not have a drink I will be considered less masculine. This is why you would never catch me participating in the things these college students were doing in this film festival nominated drama.   AFTER surviving a brutal mugging Brad Land, played by Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief, Pride), decided to go to the college where his brother was a student and join the same fraternity to prove a point. This movie was difficult for me to watch and easily could be for many other viewers. There were many scenes that were horrific in their intensity and realness; I am still in shock that people would do the things that were shown in this film. And this story was based on true events. With musical artist Nick Jonas (Kingdom-TV, Scream Queens-TV) as Brett Land, Gus Halper (Ricki and the Flash, Public Morals-TV) as Chance and Danny Flaherty (Hope Springs, The Wolf of Wall Street) as Will; I thought the acting was good under the extreme conditions. I felt the script was going in the right direction but I would have liked more information about the characters. There were times where I thought I would understand a scene better if I understood more of the students’ motivations. As I mentioned earlier this was a rough picture to watch with graphic scenes. I would just like to know why anyone would willingly subject themselves to such things. Is this really what it means to be a man?


2 ½ stars  



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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 29, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I read the book. Disturbing.

  2. I can’t imagine what a parent must go through who loses a child though this kind of initiation.

    When I lived out in the countryside of North Carolina, I heard a man’s voice out in the woods. The air outside was chilly, and night was quickly approaching. My boyfriend and I went to check it out and found that a fraternity had dropped a pledge off in the middle of the woods, blindfolded, wearing only his briefs, who was told to put his hands on a tree and yell out, “Only the strong survive” all night.

    That was 1972, and few people had heard of pledge week. He was thankful for the ride back to campus.

  3. I’m a woman and I’ve never understood the need for such behavior. I remember thinking some of it funny, but when someone gets hurt because of the extreme nature of the tasks their subjected to? Not funny. I remember going to a couple of (literally two) fraternity parties, but we did Karaoke at one and the other was a New Years Toga party. Pretty tame. If it’s based on real, then I won’t go. I think doing bad things to people is unnecessary. Having been abused as a child/teen, I can’t even watch something like this.
    As for men that cry? That was always hard for me to see at first, it’s like what do you do? My husband has no qualms about crying and it hurts to see him hurt, he’s no less a man for showing that side of himself. Same with colors although he has an aversion to pink. Being a redhead by nature he likes redhead type colors like orange and green. Do I like muscular men? Firm yes, but these body builder types, gag me. Besides they have a tendency to be self absorbed anyway.

    • I appreciate you sharing part of your life with us. Like you I was abused which made watching this film difficult for me. It just leaves me speechless what men will do to thought of as masculine. These days I can start tearing up by a song or a movie trailer. And I don’t care. Thank you so much for your comments.

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