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Goats (2011)

David Duchovny , Vera Farmiga , Christopher Neil  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Graham Phillips, Justin Kirk, Ty Burrell
  • Directors: Christopher Neil
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088749MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Having a self-absorbed New Age mother (Vera Farmiga) and an estranged father (Ty Burrell) means Ellis (Graham Phillips) has grown up relying on an unconventional guardian: the goat-trekking sage, Goat Man (David Duchovny). So when Ellis leaves the alternative ways of his desert home for a stuffy East Coast prep school, changes are in store for everyone.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just kick back and watch it September 10, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
"Goats" tracks its main character Ellis Whitman (Graham Phillips), a 15-year-old Arizonan as he leaves the gorgeous desert compound his addled New Age mother Wendy (Vera Farmiga), has decamped to with her trust fund. Ellis has spent much of his early formative years taking treks and toking down with Goat Man, aka Javier, (David Duchovny) with whom he smokes copious amounts of grass and generally hangs out.

Ellis heads to an equally gorgeous New England prep school his own absent straitlaced rich father Frank (Ty Burrell) once attended. In fact, his dad had roomed there with the current headmaster, and so the bar is set high for Ellis. He smokes his courses (cut off from his cannabis connection), meets up with other potheads at the school, runs cross-country after some coercion from the hip track coach, declines a liaison with local dining-hall staffer Minnie (Dakota Johnson), who spends her time reading and making extra money off the student bodies. Ellis initially runs afoul of his father Frank during a terse, tense Thanksgiving, but later the pair find their peace and bond.

Ellis has to decide where to spend summer break, back in Arizona or with his dad, his step mother, and infant half brother.

Well, the critics pretty much gleefully savaged this Sundance film, citing its meandering plot, lack of action, and hybridized comedy-drama tone and comparing the actors and the plot to goats. Cynics are always ready with barbs, but I have to say, this is a fun movie when you don't want 3D special effects, overbearing soundtracks, mutilation and mayhem, and twisted plot lines. In other words, "Goats" affords one the chance to just kick back, watch a story without any secret message or theme.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goats -- WHAT?! September 12, 2012
Format:DVD
What? I saw this at Sundance, where everyone loved it, then I read a bunch of bad reviews on-line and thought there must be another film called "Goats." I mean, the poster and the DVD cover are kind of cheesy, but the film is really strong.

I watched it again on PPV a few weeks ago and it was as good as I remembered.

Funny and not too boisterous or obvious, this film snuck up on me and the 1500 other people at Sundance, and turned out to be a real charmer. Duchovny is kind of genius as Goat Man, both weird and believable. I liked Justin Kirk a lot, too, and Ty Burrell's nervous restraint is fun to watch.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's The Journey That Counts" - Goat Man September 19, 2012
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This is quite a different atmosphere for a coming of age story through and around ... Goats? Yes, goats. Christopher Neil directs this film with charming style and abundant laughs. I was trepidatious about renting this one. While this may not be to everybody's liking, it works all the way around for me.

This movie is really about 15 year old Ellis (Graham Phillips) who is surrounded by a most colorful family. He is ready to go his own way from Tucson to Gates Prep School on the East Coast, the same school his father, Frank (Ty Burrell), went to before him and the area where he has been living now.

His mother, whom he calls Wendy by name, (Vera Farmiga, who shines in this) is a mix of the spiritual and New Age philosophies floating around in her own self-absorbed reality bubble. If you can rope in Wendy's personality in a couple of sentences you are far better spoken than I.

Goat Man (David Duchovny) or Javier, take your pick, is a 'botanist' and an experienced goat-trekker, who is hired by Wendy to keep up the place along with her. Residing in the pool house, he tends to his ever growing garden and ... goats. These two have raised Ellis in an offbeat style, along with a huge amount love. Once you do get to know them they quickly become very genuine.

Quite simply, Ellis leaves for school and is greeted with an alternate way of life that he easily learns to excel in. While there, he meets up with his father for the first time in years of absence. Frank has been avoiding his ex-wife Wendy.

Frank is re-married to Judy (Keri Russell) now, with a baby brother on the way. Their lifestyle is easily recognizable as affluent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film! Phew, something different~ September 15, 2012
By Wickett
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Great film, acting was amazing. Nice to see David Duchoveny again. Vera Formiga and the young boy were equally excellent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining September 15, 2012
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A very entertaining film, which I would highly recommend. Filmed in the Tucson area and very well made. I assume it is R for the use of weed, but would be fine for teens.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it September 15, 2012
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I really liked it, I read the reviews and watched the trailer before renting it. But I dont see why people would pan it. Great acting, strong pacing. I was interested throughout the entire movie and I really just enjoyed watching things unfold. The acting was stellar, everybody was really believable (I almost forgot Duchovny was Duchovny and I hated the mom's bf - as I was supposed to).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice coming of age tale October 13, 2012
By Promise
Format:DVD
There is one thing I really disliked about this film and I'll say that and get it off my chest and move on to the good stuff. I hated the really ignorant way that "New Age" people were depicted. True, there are fools in any group but to characterize the many serious people who are attempting to find a higher spiritual way of life in the way this film does is offensive. I turned the film off after about 45 minutes just because of this.

However I did turn it back on the next night and found that it managed to rise above the stereotypes it created in the beginning. Not only were the New Agers ripped apart but the East Coast "strait" guy who went to Prep School was intially dismissed as an uptight jerk. The only sympathetic character was "Goat Man" the resident hippie, who somehow escaped being lumped in with the New Agers and, due to his massive consumption of home grown pot, was Mister Mellow. Having spent considerable time in that area of the world with spiritual seekers and pot growers I think that there are some serious misconceptions about all of them.

However, moving on....I did like the lead character, Ellis Whitman, played by a wonderful young actor, Graham Phillips, enough to tune back in to see what happened to him after he left Arizona and went back east to attend the same Prep School that his hated dad had attended. This is not very well explained since it's obvious that Ellis isn't at all fond of the man who apparently deserted him early on. He has grown up with his mother, Wendy, (played beautifully by the wonderfully charming Vera Farmiga,)a ditzy, childish, self-centered but very rich woman and her landscaper/pool cleaner guy, Javier, aka Goat Man. Goat Man is the surrogate father figure and has given Ellis a great deal of love as well as dope.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Funny!
Published 3 months ago by PequodII
5.0 out of 5 stars Goats DVD
It was a gift for my grandson's birthday and he loved it! He said it was the best story ever.
Published 8 months ago by Louise Rowse
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but Enjoyable Comedy – Drama.
In this American indie film from 2012 we meet Ellis Graham Philips) who is fifteen and about to go to prep school; the same one his estranged father went to. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tommy Dooley
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Movie
Movie is a little far out there, but I have to admit that I did like it. It's a different role for David Duchovny.
Published 10 months ago by ND Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age Film Complete with Goats, Prep Schools and Lots of...
Goats is a quiet charmer, dramatic at times, quirky at others. Essentially a coming a age film following the plight of 15 year old Ellis (Graham Phillips) trying to find his place... Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Very laid-back and funny movie.
Very laid-back and funny movie about teenage growth. Not an entirely new topic but well played by the cast none-the-less. A must see for any fan of David Duchovny.
Published 11 months ago by Josmarcas
3.0 out of 5 stars not like the book!
Movie is ok, but the story isn't what I expected after reading the book, have to admit I was disappointed.
Published 15 months ago by rainbows
5.0 out of 5 stars Great in every way
I always like/love a film that has a unique story line and the lessons that need to be learned about life through the eyes of a child and the world that they are facing and are... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mia
5.0 out of 5 stars CHARMING START TO FINISH
Forget the reviewers. This was a very charming little movie with great characters, nuanced performances from all the actors, and a unique story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by WATERTOWN
1.0 out of 5 stars Goats is baaaaaaaad
I've been a fan of DD since X-Files but even that couldn't make me like this movie. It wasn't funny, touching or compelling in any way. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Oldfield
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