The Men Who Stare at Goats

November 6th, 2009

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The Men Who Stare at Goats

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A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.3/10 (58,711 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Grant Heslov

Stars: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey

A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends.

Writers: Peter Straughan, Jon Ronson

George Clooney - Lyn Cassady
Ewan McGregor - Bob Wilton
Jeff Bridges - Bill Django
Kevin Spacey - Larry Hooper
Stephen Lang - Brigadier General Dean Hopgood
Robert Patrick - Todd Nixon
Waleed Zuaiter - Mahmud Daash
Stephen Root - Gus Lacey
Glenn Morshower - Major General Holtz
Nick Offerman - Scotty Mercer
Tim Griffin - Tim Kootz
Rebecca Mader - Debora Wilton
Jacob Browne - Lieutenant Boone
Todd La Tourrette - Dave (as Todd Latourrette)
Brad Grunberg - Ron

Taglines: No goats. No glory.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 6 November 2009

Filming Locations: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,706,654 (USA) (8 November 2009) (2443 Screens)

Gross: $32,416,109 (USA) (31 January 2010)

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Did You Know?

The one-sheet (advertising poster) for this movie is a spoof of a frequently used style for movie posters in which, instead of trying to communicate anything about the plot or content of the film, the poster just contains multiple stacked faces of the stars. On this poster, the last face visible in the row is a goat's, and the billing line above their photos reads, "George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, and Goat." Also, it's an obvious reference to the iconic drawing posters form Soviet communist era, showing profiles of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin (in some historic eras or world regions, often completed by profiles of Joseph Stalin or Mao Zedong).

Revealing mistakes: After Bob wakes up by the sand dune and sees the goat, as he gets up an ear plug is clearly visible in his right ear.

[first lines]
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: [with great concentration] Boone.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir?
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: I'm going into the next office.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir.
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: [breaks into a sprint, slams into the wall, falls over] Damn it.

User Review

Terrific movie! Hilarious, smart and interesting.

Rating: 8/10

I just got back from seeing "The Men Who Stare at Goats" at the Woodstock Film Festival. I walked in knowing the main plot, and I expected it to be pretty good because of the great actors it has, the premise of the story and the music used in the soundtrack. My expectations weren't only met, but they were greatly exceeded.

The story follows a broken-hearted journalist (McGregor) who goes on the job to Iraq to prove to his ex-wife he isn't weak or frail. There, he meets Lyn Cassidy (Clooney) who is a "psychic" soldier for the US government, trained by his hippie instructor Billy (Bridges) to use his mind, peace and love to overcome hairy military situations. The story is the two mens' adventure together.

The movie is essentially broken down into I'd say 3 parts. The first part is the main story of the journalist and Lyn as they travel in Iraq on a special mission Lyn is on. The second is the very humorous back-story of the history of the creation and existence of the "psychic soldiers" of the military. When I say "back-story" and "history" I mean the main background to Lyn and Billy's character, as well as the main antagonist of the story, played by Kevin Spacey. The third part is the first person narration provided by Ewen McGregor about the things that are going on. He offers insight into his mind and opinions on the things he says and of himself and Lyn as the story progresses.

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a very hilarious movie, with many quotable lines and excellent acting by the entire cast. The story is very unique and the film uses that as a great advantage to itself in setting up the humor. The characters are very real and are taken to heart right away. The film is funny, intriguing, smart, witty, fast-paced, emotional, enjoyable and inspirational. I highly recommend it to any Ewen McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey or Jeff Bridges fan, for fans of those men will not be disappointed with the acting and mannerisms of the characters those actors portrayed.

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a very fun movie to see in theaters and everyone in my audience were cracking up laughing many, many times. It is a movie for casual movie goers and film aficionados alike. Go see it.


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