Gregory E. Peters
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 10, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Goats

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/10/12
performer
David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga

We gave it a C+

Ellis (The Good Wife‘s Graham Phillips), an alienated teen, smokes weed and hangs out with a goat-obsessed, pot-cultivating surrogate father (David Duchovny, hidden by hair). New Age details aside, though, Ellis is easily identifiable as a distant cousin-by-genre to J.D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield, complete with a prep-school education. Mark Jude Poirier adapted the screenplay from his own lively 2001 coming-of-age novel. As directed by Christopher Neil, Goats reports the same events but loses the flavor of the journey. (Also available on VOD) C+

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