QuickHit: ‘Goat’

A powerful film with a brutal, unflinching take on violence and PTSD and both’s relationship to masculinity through the lens of college fraternity culture. This film goes to some dark, ugly places and isn’t shy about condemning the very worst in “bro culture”, more generally. The internal suffering at the center of this story – the lead character’s regret over his lack of “toughness” during a viscous assault – is impressively interweaved into the narrative and its themes of hopelessness, solidarity in the face of being outcast, gender and brotherhood. There are great performances all around, too, but most impressively from the lead, Ben Schneztner, who captures the trauma and vulnerability required to sell his character’s emotional journey. It’s not the easiest watch in the world, but well worth the time spent unpacking this sad, bitter story.

Rating: ****1/2

Written by Michael Lang

A passionate TV watcher and frequent moviegoer, Mike has long enjoyed analyzing and discussing the best (and worst) in pop culture with friends, family, message-board frequenters, and especially his good friends, Chris and Jeff. Now with Screeningclub.com and the SCTV podcast, he's thrilled to finally have the chance to bring those discussions to a public forum.

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