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Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
October 18, 2013
In "Goats," 15-year old Ellis(Graham Phillips, of "The Good Wife) is leaving home for the first time to attend a prep school back east and will not be around anymore to do the bookkeeping for his mom(Vera Farmiga). What she is really angry about is that this might bring him into the orbit of the estranged baby daddy(Ty Burrell), but at least she has Bennet(Justin Kirk, always where the pot is) to keep her company. And at least Goat Man(David Duchovny) promises to send Ellis some weed which would not be such a big problem if Ellis and his roommate Barney(Nicholas Lobue) were not caught smoking by the track coach(Anthony Anderson) who in turn blackmails Ellis into trying out for the team.

In the entry in the dictionary for the word scattershot, there should be a copy of the movie poster of "Goats, as aimless it can be, emphasizing the strange places some of us have to go for our Vera Farmiga fix. So, maybe you can't make a very good movie involving goats. The important thing is the movie is also brimming with non sequiturs which in the right place, namely here, can be sort of fun, as the movie follows a teenager coming of age and choosing who he wants to be while being torn between two very different lifestyles. And it does not hurt that David Duchovny gives a surprisingly relaxed performance while Keri Russell proves that "The Americans" is no fluke.
September 22, 2013
Though disjointed, it has heart. Definitely recommend.
½ September 6, 2013
One of the better movies i saw this year, no bullshit.
August 3, 2013
A strong cast and the sweet and simple nature of the script (based on the novel by Mark Poirier) makes Goats a charming little indie tale worth the viewing. I say RENT IT!!!
July 21, 2013
Dang, low ratings why? This movie was a great story and funny. For a low budget film they brought together a star cast and cast them out of their typical roles and got great work from them. This is funny, prep school, goat herders, new age spirtualism. Fun all around.
June 21, 2013
If you've seen "Running with Scissors" and loved it, then you might find this disappointing. The young-boy-growing-up-surrounded-by-crazy-people story might be better in Scissors, but Goats has a charm all it's own as well, and that is mostly due to the brilliance of David Duchovny. I haven't read the book but I'm thinking that some storylines could have been fleshed out more. It's still an enjoyable little indie movie with some quirky characters.
June 3, 2013
Very interesting perspective on life. Well done and pretty whitty, comical and interesting :)
June 2, 2013
A sweet movie with a star studded cast. The tonal atmosphere of the movie was achieved masterfully, however goats seems to thinly spread with many of it's plot lines feeling underdeveloped.
May 12, 2013
another movie about growing up in a distressed family: with divorced parents and a hippy-spiritual mother, the fourteen years old boy is the only one in the family with his feet on the ground, but of course he is looking for a father or some adult which could take away from him the responsibility. The cast is quite good but the characters are so different that it hardly becomes a kind of "movie with a message". Anyway it's quite enjoyable.
May 9, 2013
86%

"I've been breeding noneco intrusive goats for the bio spirt, plus, rescue goats that are trained to sniff survivers out of the rubble in a desaster, um, desaster goats."-Goat Man (David Duchovny)

I'd take a trek with Duchovny any goat stinking day. Felt I have some things in common with this one.
April 24, 2013
Initially, I loved this movie... Hard not to love a movie where David Duchoney plays a character named 'Goat Man'... Eventually the film boils down to an adult-leveled teen surrounded by irresponsible adults, trying to find normalcy in a world of chaos. The end is abrupt and unfulfilling... You can find better versions of this story.
½ April 14, 2013
Prise de vues panoramiques renversantes. Belle histoire, pas trop touchant, réaliste et relativement mon genre.
April 6, 2013
This was an interesting story about some bizarre people. It is entertaining enough for a watch, but it will be pretty forgettable.
½ March 13, 2013
A little indie-ish, a little wishy-washy. Cast keeps it between the lines though.
February 25, 2013
Everyone should have a goat man in their life.
Super Reviewer
February 21, 2013
Strangely endearing, but not very exciting. I most likely added a half a star due to David Duchovny being in it. He is a funny, lovely man...
February 12, 2013
Watchable but ultimately boring, David Duchovney was brilliant as Goat man... Probably the only highlight of this bland movie...
½ February 3, 2013
Another indie film. Weird, but okay.
January 31, 2013
Not really bad but kinda pointless. Does the world really need another quirky indie film about unhappy wealthy people?
January 29, 2013
Quirky little movie with decent performances....lagged a bit but watchable.
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