Few films made such a blistering impression on Sundance audiences earlier this year quite like Andrew Neel’s fraternity psychodrama “Goat.” The film has become a favorite on the festival circuit, earning positive notices in Berlin and at BAM last month, and a new trailer has just been released that teases all the hedonistic madness at the movie’s core.
“Goat” stars current breakout actor Ben Schnetzer as a 19-year-old college student who pledges the same fraternity as his older brother, played by Nick Jonas. But what starts out as an opportunity to assimilate into the college experience ultimately becomes a hellish experience, as Schnetzer’s character falls down the rabbit hole and must prove his commitment to brotherhood by surviving shocking hazing acts.
In lesser hands, “Goat” would be a one-note takedown of college bro culture, but Neel’s slick direction brings you straight to the core of the animalistic behavior on display and forces you to weigh the clashing egos of masculinity. It’s an intense and intelligent study of a world the movies have always been obsessed with, and one we passionately enjoyed after its Sundance premiere.
“Goat” hits select theaters and VOD on September 23. Watch the debut trailer below.