In the intense and brooding drama Goat, set for release on September 23rd, Nick Jonas surprisingly wowed audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with his conflicted portrayal of Brett, a young frat pledge’s defensive older brother.
But he’s helpless to save his sibling Brad (Ben Schnetzer) when the merciless hazing from the elders of Phi Sig takes a series of increasingly dark turns. In the film’s newly released trailer, the mistreatment escalates from “a little over the line” to “technically a war crime” in short order.
The trailer highlights Goat producer James Franco’s brief appearance on the other side of the camera as a long-since-graduated Phi Sig member who likes to visit his old stomping grounds and relive the glory days.
Though the music selection almost makes this slow-burning, carefully measured psychodrama look like a Spring Breakers sequel hulked out on testosterone, the trailer captures the frightening toxic masculinity that invigorates the movie. As a new round of freshmen start at colleges around America, the nightmare underbelly of higher education’s most time-honored institution will be put on full display.