Andrew Neel’s Sundance sensation GOAT starring actor-musician Nick Jonas (“Kingdom” on Starz), Ben Schnetzer (PRIDE, THE BOOK THIEF) and James Franco (127 HOURS), will be released day and date in theaters, as well as on Digital and On Demand on September 23rd, via The Film Arcade.
Based on Brad Land’s memoir, GOAT follows a 19-year-old Brad (Schnetzer), newly arrived to college and desperate to belong. Taking a cue from his older brother Brett (Jonas), Brad decides to pledge a fraternity. At first, it’s all parties and girls. But as Brad enters into the final stretch of the pledging ritual—known as “hell week,”—things take a violent, humiliating turn. What occurs in the name of ‘brotherhood’ tests both boys and their relationship in brutal ways.
“Brutal and harrowing as it is, there is something deeply sympathetic and sorrowful at work in director Andrew Neel’s frat hazing drama GOAT,” wrote Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson in his review of the film following its world debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Similarly, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter praised GOAT for its “unflinching realism,” while Anthony Kaufman of Screen Daily commended the “breakout performances by Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas.”