starring: David Duchovny, Graham Phillips
format: Netflix Canada
plot: A 15 year old on the brink of starting a new school, has to deal with his dysfunctional family.
Based on the book
You've got a new age style mom, a pot smoking hippy, a supper yuppie dad and a confused kid. The parents are the picture of a typical divorced couple, each blaming the other for what went wrong in their relationship, and a kid stuck in the middle not knowing what to believe.
There wasn't anything really new in this. It sort of half sets up the idea in the first few scenes that the Duchovny character is the kid's step dad, but that's quickly scratched out, as the mom has a boyfriend. Who, as it turns out is a golddigger and only with her for her bank account.
This is like a giant game of tug-a-war between the two parents. If the goats, of which there are two, are meant to have been a metaphor, I didn't get it. The goats are in fact pets, that the Duchovny character is trying to train to do something that is never fully explained.
The lead character played by Phillips, ends up going to a private school and doing his best to navigate this new environment, and finds himself seeing his life mirrored in that of his new roommate. Both are dealing with parents who are more than emotionally distant.
what did I learn? We can't escape our emotions or our expectations even when we know better.