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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Though The Men Who Stare at Goats is a mostly entertaining, farcical glimpse of men at war, some may find its satire and dark humor less than edgy.

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Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy's thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program's founder, Bill Django, has gone missing and Cassady's mission is to find him.
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R (for language, some drug content and brief nudity)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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$32,400,000.00
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Cast

George Clooney
as Lyn Cassady
Ewan McGregor
as Bob Wilton
Jeff Bridges
as Bill Django
Kevin Spacey
as Larry Hooper
Stephen Lang
as Brigadier General Dean Hopgood
Stephen Root
as Gus Lacey
Robert Patrick
as Todd Nixon
Waleed F. Zuaiter
as Mahmud Daash
Glenn Morshower
as Major Jim Holtz
Nick Offerman
as Scotty Mercer
Tim Griffin
as Tim Kootz
Rebecca Mader
as Deborah Wilton
Jacob Browne
as Lieutenant Boone
Elsa Villafane
as Gus' Mother
Fawad Masood Siddiqui
as Kuwait Waiter
Samuel Ray Gates
as Journalist #1
McCaleb Burnett
as Journalist #2
Sean Phillips
as Vietnam Soldier
Matt Newton
as Vietnam Private Chris
Minh Tu Van
as VC Woman
Robert Curtis-Brown
as General Brown
Robert Curtis Brown
as General Brown
Hrach Titizian
as Kidnapper #1
Shafik N. Bahou
as Kidnapper #2
Christopher Maher
as Iraqi Driver
Drew Seltzer
as Technician
Donn Lamkin
as Lyn's Father
Sean Curley
as Lyn (12 years old)
Michael Aragon
as Insurgent
Morse Bicknell
as Ben Echmeyer
Terry Serpico
as Krom - Phil Driver
Wiley Pickett
as Krom - Texan
Wiley M. Pickett
as Krom - Texan
Diego Serrano
as Krom - Chilean
Regi Huc
as Krom - 3rd Security Man
Kevin Geer
as CIA Agent
Kevin Wiggins
as Major General Jack Gillian
J.J. Raschel
as Clifford Hickox
Aaron Shiver
as Norm Pendleton
Arron Shiver
as Norm Pendleton
Jaime Margarida
as Major General Pendleton
Steve Witting
as PSIC Worker #1
Hunter Bell
as PSIC Worker #2
Edward Holley
as Army Soldier
Christopher Robinson
as Stryker Soldier
William Sterchi
as Bob's Editor
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All Critics (205) | Top Critics (45)

All in all, Goats would have been groaningly familiar, even back in the 1960s.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Newsday
Top Critic

It's a disappointment.

November 9, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

Everyone involved seems to have had a pretty good time, but this one looks like it was more fun to make than it is to watch.

November 9, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

The narrative flips and flops ruin the comedic flow.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

If this is what a Hollywood liberal conscience looks like, it's a glib and useless thing.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

This is grizzled, wild-eyed Clooney, not the suave sophisticate, and it's a nice change of pace.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for The Men Who Stare at Goats

A mildly funny satire that seems to borrow from the Coen brothers' humor and has some very fine and vigorous performances, but after halfway through it starts to lose its comedic charm and ends with a disappointing, quick and easy wrap-up.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Supposedly based on a true story, this is just a load of rubbish. Would have been better making something up that was actually good.

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

Grant Heslov is mainly known for his producing and writing collaborations on some of George Clooney film's. However, on this occasion he takes the directorial reigns leaving me wondering what might have come of this film had someone with more experience been behind the camera. In the 1980's, reporter Bob Wilton (McGregor) stumbles onto the story of the 'New Earth Army', a bold, experimental unit formed by the U.S. It's purpose is to train so-called 'Jedi' warriors to use paranormal powers, including mind control, for the use in battle and to help in the interrogation of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Then he meets one of the unitâ(TM)s major players Lyn Cassady (Clooney), now supposedly retired, and tags along for a series of misadventures in Iraq. Amazingly, this is based on a true story and with this prior knowledge and superior cast, you'd expect something quite special. Sadly, it doesn't provide it. It starts off, looking very good indeed but after the half hour mark I started drifting when the realisation came, that it wasn't going anywhere. The cast are excellent as you'd expect; Clooney, once again shows nice comic touches and expressions, Spacey is under-used but still manages scene stealing moments and Bridges is absolutely brilliant as the spaced out, hippie commander Bill Django - which is a little reminder of his iconic portrayal of "The Dude" from "The Big Lebowski". McGregor also does well, amongst these heavy hitters and has nearly developed a decent American accent. It's just a shame that their performances were not helped with something that resembled a script. To be fair though, there are still some nice comedy moments and there are many interesting components to the story but it lacks drive. Maybe it's because the assembled cast is so impressive that more is expected. Or maybe, it's because it's in the hands of a novice director - punching above his weight. Either way, it disappoints. This is a film that the likes of the Coen brothers could have taken to great heights. It has a similar sense for the brothers' off-beat humour but lacks their creativity. A passable comedy, that amuses sporadically but relies too heavily on it four performers. It's them that maintain your interest but the material should have been delivered with more confidence.

Mark Walker
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

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