Every year we hear about isolated accidental death of a freshman or two from pledging to their fraternities. While many films have mostly delved into the harmless comedy sides of a game of dare(Animal House, Neighbors), and a few films coming of age of the characters(Everybody Want Some), not many actually explore into the dark side of this ritual taking places in many colleges and universities every year. Goat is based on the best-selling memoir of the same title by Brad Land. The movie is adapted by the author and David Gordon Green. It explores the hyper-masculine culture of fraternity in colleges. A shallow requisite ritual that subject many freshmen humiliation and debasing in the name of joining the house at the beginning of a college year. Through the eyes of Brad Land played by Ben Schnetzer (Pride, Warcraft), a 19-year-old freshman, an assault victim enrolling into college where his brother Brett Land (Nick Jonas) already a member of the fraternity was put through the brutal ritual of pledge to test his “loyalty’ to the house. Other cast includes James Franco, Virginia Gardner(Project Almanac), Danny Flaherty(The Wolf Of Wall Street) and Jake Picking(Dirty Grandpa).
Goat is set to open in theaters on September 23rd. Check out the trailer below.