Goats - Indie October

Goats is a movie about a teenager Ellis (Graham Phillips) who is about to take a journey to an East Coast prep school from Tucson. So, he has to deal with being separated from his new age mother (Vera Farmiga) and the Goat Man (David Duchovny) who has been the only real father he has known. This movie has a pretty stellar cast including David Duchovny (Californication), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Keri Russell (Felicity), Anthony Anderson (Law & Order), and Justin Kirk (Weeds). Goats is definitely a quirky movie, but it's more about Ellis trying to find his way with being so far away from home. Justin Kirk plays Bennet a douchey artist who is seeing Ellis's mom. He definitely comes off as unlikable. The separation is harder for Ellis, because he doesn't have anyone to talk to. He has a roommate (Nicholas Lobue), who always wants to voice his problems but doesn't want to listen to anyone else's. His mother is either having too hard of a time dealing with the fact that her son isn't around or is too busy getting high and never answering his calls. Ty Burrell plays his absentee father Frank, and he puts in a great performance. Keri Russell is his dad's new pregnant wife, which Ellis wasn't told about and feels like he should be informed. The movie tries to deal with abandonment issues from many angles whether it be Wendy's (Ellis's mother), Ellis's, or Frank's. I think the movie tries to be the weird quirky coming of age tale, but it never really feels like much happens. The things that do happen just seem like they do for the sake of something has to happen to make Ellis struggle and grow, I guess. The movie is well acted, and you can't take  away from the fact that the performances are good. There are some funny moments and some legit good moments in the film, but I just don't feel anything for having seen the movie. So, if you want to check it out and make up your mind on it you can watch it now via Netflix Streaming.

Starring David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Graham Phillips, Justin Kirk, Ty Burrell