The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009

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Kevin Spacey, George Clooney and Ewan McGregor star in this war spoof based on the non-fiction book by Jon Ronson. With a freshly-failed marriage behind him, rookie reporter Bob Wilton (McGregor) decides to lose himself in the romance of war by travelling to Iraq to report from the front line. Bob gets more than he bargains for when he meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), a 'psychic' special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, New Age-influenced military unit whose goal is to put an end to war by using mind control techniques, peace and love as taught in Vietnam in the early 1970s by 'New Earth Army' founder Bill Django (Jeff Bridges). When Bob and Lyn set out together across the Kuwait border into Iraq, they get kidnapped and end up in a secret desert training camp run by Django's treacherous former student Larry Hooper (Spacey), who is running a lab of bizarre paranormal experiments aided by his former mentor, now a spaced-out alcoholic.

Starring:
Kevin Spacey, George Clooney
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 29 minutes
Starring Kevin Spacey, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Mader
Director Grant Heslov
Genres Comedy
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 19 April 2010
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 29 minutes
Starring Kevin Spacey, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Mader
Director Grant Heslov
Genres Comedy
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 19 April 2010
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Longton on 31 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
Seriously funny and off beat and with more than a couple of sly messages hidden in its depths, this is a great movie if you love the Coen brothers and George Clooney collaborations (though of course its not, it might as well have been). Its kind of like Oh Brother Where Art Thou, but with a touch of The Big Lebowski, taking acid in Iraq. With heavy hints of Shakespear (King Lear springs readily to mind) and political farce and Starwars references aplenty, what more could you want?

George Clooney proves yet again he is a great tragi/ comedic actor when he's given the right material, and puts in an age defying performance for the flash back scenes. With great support from the 'master' Jeff Bridges (how can that guy can become 20 years older/ younger with just a facial expression is beyond me) the glorious jealousy of Kevin Spacey and the narration of the wise fool played by Ewan McGreggor its well worth more than a second viewing.

The only flaw is that some plot lines where not fully exploited to their subversive advantage (who was Mahmood exactly?) My only theory as to why it didn't do better at the box office though is that a lot of people simply just didn't get it. A sleeper classic.
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134 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Terri Crichton on 28 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
I went to see this movie at the cinema with two male friends. After taking some serious questioning as to whether I {the lone female} merely wanted to see it because George Clooney was in it, they capitulated. The three of us then spent the next couple of hours doubled up at this inventively funny movie. Ewan MacGregor plays the journalist out to prove himself to perfection, and is matched by George Clooney's secretive, mildly paranoid, overly confident former psi-spy. Kevin Spacey is wonderfully loathesome as the creep he was in training with, and Jeff Bridges may well have been born to play the Hippy commander whose military training program involves dancing, finding one's centre, and learning to run through walls. With varied levels of success.
Neatly switching between Clooney's current mission in 90s Iraq, and his younger days as a trainee in the psychic arts (with a Beatles haircut), the film has a streak of dark humour running through it which is little short of sublime. Perhaps not to everybody's taste, but honestly - what is?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 16 Mar 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Getting me to watch a simple drama or comedy film has become increasingly difficult as I get older. In the finite time that I have to watch films I usually want something brainless and with as many explosions as humanly (but not humanely) possible. This is a real shame, as when I finally get around to seeing something like `The Men Who Stare at Goats', I am reminded that there is a lot more out there. `Men' is based on research done by writer Jon Ronson who discovered that the Americans had created a special psychic force to try and use their minds to win wars. The film follows Ewan McGregor (playing a Ronson-alike called bob Wilton) as he meets a series of eccentric characters, including George Clooney's Skip and Jeff Bridges' Bill, who take him on an adventure in war torn Iraq.

`Men' is an intelligent comedy that requires the viewer to immerse themselves in the film to appreciate it fully. There are a few obvious joke moments, but most of the pleasure you get from the film is via the kooky characters and overall ambience of the film. The fact that many elements of the film are somewhat based on truth adds to the appeal, what appears to be insane could have been funded by the US government in real life. All the main cast do a good job with Clooney standing out as the committed Skip. He is an actor I try to dislike, but he has such charisma and presence in nearly every film that he makes, that you have to appreciate his work.

With a slightly meandering plot, `Men' does not go far, fast. Rather than this being an issue it allows the characters to breathe and the humour to be explored. The technique of jumping from the present to the past works really well as we learn more about the characters on their journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
I had no idea what to expect from this film, and was pleasantly surprised by a quirky tale of hippiedom in the American army that may or may not be based on truth. It tells the story of a disillusioned journalist (McGregor) who gets dragged onto ex soldier Clooney's mission to find his old commanding officer (Bridges). Along the way he learns about the strangest regiment in the American army, who were trained in the use of psychic powers, and the terrible curse laid on them by a goat. They also come up against Briges' slimy nemesis, played by the top notch Kevin Spacey.

It's a very quirky and involving tale. Clooney is in especially good form, and totally convinces as the peace loving soldier, and his performance totally carries the film. Bridges, McGregor and Spacey are all also in form, especially Bridges who steals the show as the hippie commanding officer. It feels a lot like a Coen Brothers film, and I was rather surprised to find that it isn't. It's impossible to describe really, as it is quite different form other films. It feels a little surreal, but the interest of the American army in psychic forces and the experimentation with such a regiment has the uneasy feeling of being quite true.

An excellent film, see it if only to see Clooney at his charismatic best.

5 stars.
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