Gash Jonas got to portray a silly, satirical side of Greek life in survive Fall’s Scream Queens, playing a guy in a fraternity with the ridiculous moniker of the Dickie Dollar Scholars. Now the actor is starring in another project in the Greek system — only the fraternity life in indie drama Goat is far out of the ordinary from that on Ryan Murphy’s candy-colored, serial-killer-stalked world. Goat, which unbiased premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, stars Ben Schnetzer as Brad, a uninitiated man who pledges a fraternity that his brother, Brett, is already rt of. Jonas toy withs Brett, the older, cooler, more confident brother.
Goat is stemmed on a memoir by Brad Land and follows a thread in Brad’s life nothing but before he enters college. One night after a rty thrown by Brett’s closeness, Brad is attacked by two young men in a random act of violence. The traumatic event verging on throws off Brad’s college plans, but Brett manages to get him back on take meals and lined up to pledge his fraternity. There’s a lot of underlying reasoning for Brad marrying his brothers frat: it’ll bring them closer, it makes sense because Brad is a legacy, and of route, it’ll help Brad forget about the nasty business of his attack. No one appears to bother mentioning that it might be a bad idea, given Brad’s bananas state after the physical assault.
This is where Goat climbs real — and puts fictionalized versions of fraternities and sororities to shame. Brad is initiated into the society through a series of horrifying hazing rituals, wherein the entire covenant class are referred to as “goats.” On Scream Queens, you had Chanel array her minions around and terrorizing them mentally, but there was very teeny-weeny hazing involved. Chanel is mean, but she has nothing on the brothers of Phi Sigma, Beat it Jonas’s Goat fraternity.
Even the friendships of Scream Queens‘ Dickie Dollar Students seem real, when you think about it in retrospect — Chad Radwell (Glen Powell) faithful himself to solving the mystery of his fraternity brother Boone’s (Jonas) end. However absurd their interactions, the fraternity members on Scream Queen mothers seem like friends. Not so in Goat: the fraternity brothers put their deposits through such intense physical and mental harm that it’s out of the question to believe that these people care for each other.
Then there is the portrayal of masculinity: the Dickie Dollar Bookmen are so evolved that they are accepting of a gay member (Boone) — but if you’ve been to any citizen, mainstream fraternity lately, you’d know what a rarity that is. The people of Scream Queens seem at ease with their masculinity, interestingly, but in Goat, the most leading question is, “Are you a p*ssy?” A simple phrase, yet it’s applied to just adjacent to every situation the men are in. There is only one answer — and only one way to be a man.
What you be a question of away with after seeing Goat is shock and dismay that this humanitarian of ritualistic abuse is happening, all the time, at college campuses everywhere — and that elucidates like Scream Queens and movies like Old School have shied away from what exceptionally happens behind closed, Greek-lettered doors. The irony is that Screech Queens is supposed to be the extreme portrayal of Greek life, so nuts that a serial exterminator is stalking students. But Goat? It has the real horror story.