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Goats

3.9 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088749MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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This is clearly an artsy, act of love movie.

These kinds of movies are hit and miss, but this one hits.

If you enjoy off-beat, non-traditional movies, this one is a winner.

The engaging ensemble cast each has his or her own set of challenges.

The protagonist is a boy who has been raised in a very weird environment with some unusual adults. The boy is the only functional one, and he keeps the community going. When he is selected to go away to a prestigious school, things begin to unravel at home.

The title comes from David D.'s character who is a goatherd and a bit of an amateur shaman.

It is a very fun movie with some great life lessons.
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I loved this zany film. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but if you were raised in the 1960's and had any contact to speak of with what is known as "counterculture", it's going to make a certain special kind of sense. The Duchovny character in particular was such an amazing mix of goodness and terribleness. Two thumbs up.
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