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Film Review - Goat

GOAT 3

“Goat” is the nickname for a fraternity pledge -- a subservient, humiliated young man forced to participate in the worst hazing collegiate minds can conjure just for a chance to fit in and belong to a brotherhood. Co-writer/director Andrew Neel doesn’t skimp on the ghoulish details of fraternity pledging, trying to make “Goat” a powerful document of abuse and privilege while still itemizing all the horrors that go along with the process. It’s often ugly and eye-opening, but what Neel is missing is soulfulness, lacking a human touch in a picture that frequently goes for shock value under the guise of authenticity. “Goat” isn’t a powerful feature, and while details of the crime stick to the senses, little dramatic muscle is flexed, keeping the effort frustratingly distant when it clearly aims for the heart. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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