Sundance Film Festival

Films like ‘Goat’ and ‘White Girl’ reflect a growing fascination with drunk and drugged youth

Films like ‘Goat’ and ‘White Girl’ reflect a growing fascination with drunk and drugged youth

In the opening sequence of the indie bullying drama “Goat,” Nick Jonas obliterates any vestige of his Disneyfied boy-band past by demonstrating a voracious hunger for drugs, alcohol and freaky sex.

Portraying a party-hearty fraternity brother in the movie (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year and hit theaters Sept. 23), the singer-turned-actor sniffs “bumps” of cocaine, guzzles beer like Evian and arranges an ambitious sexual liaison.

Chronicling an escalating series of frat boy hazings that go horribly, irreversibly wrong, “Goat” provides a searing indictment of bro culture at its most toxic with scenes of...

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