It may not be polished, it may not even have a plot, but the small, independent feature Old Goats about three retirees drinking the last of their summer wine from first time director Taylor Guterson has charm to spare.
Three non-actors were enticed by director Guterson to play a variation of themselves. They even use their full, real names. Guterson captures their scenes in a way that makes us feel as though we’re eavesdropping on a private conversation, and it works. The finished product has the look and feel of a documentary to the point where for the first few minutes I actually thought it was a documentary.
The three men in question are Britt, Bob and Dave. Britt has lived on a small boat for thirty years, even though he states he can’t swim. Bob, the oldest but seemingly the most active, has written a book about his life which more than anything else appears to discuss the fifty or sixty women with whom he’s slept. “I’m not proud of that,” he says, but you get the impression he really is. And finally there’s Dave, the youngest of the old goats who has only recently retired. “I was eased out with a very encouraging check,” he states.
Britt feels he needs to date so he turns to his cohorts for help and advice. When computer savvy Dave tries to assist Britt in signing up for a dating service he finds he has to give his buddy not only help on how to choose the right dating service but also a crash course on what the Internet is. “Is it in the computer?” Britt asks. “The Internet is out there,” Dave tells him. “Like God?” “Well,” shrugs Dave, “More like TV or radio.”
I had the opportunity of talking to the film’s director who told me how surprised he was that audiences at film festivals around the country have found Old Goats so funny. Admittedly, the conversations between all characters are gentle and delivered in a low-key, straight-laced manner, but it’s this very style that makes the three old geezers truly delightful to watch as they stumble around, day to day, attempting to make their twilight years as meaningful as their earlier ones. They’re company was most welcomed, and so is this small but hugely likable film. Look for it when it comes to your area.
MPAA rating: Unrated Length: 101 minutes Overall Rating: 7 (out of 10)
To watch the Old Goats trailer, click below.