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The Men Who Stare At Goats – Movie Review


The Men Who Stare at Goats

Starring: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey
Directed by Grant Heslov

Rated: R
Run Time: 93 mins
Genre: Comedy/ War/ Adventure
4 frames out of 5

Life is a funny thing. People come into your life and you never know the impact they will have. Some people come in to help you find your life purpose after a low point so you can see the path and some just come in to help add some spice. Then there are those that do both.

Meet journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor). He works for the local Michigan paper and so far his biggest story in recent times is a man claiming to be a “psychic soldier” that killed his hamster with his mind. During his interview, he mentions a man that was the elite psychic soldier, Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). Shortly after this interview a close friend dies and causes his wife to go into a “life is short” crisis mode. His wife ends up leaving him for his editor and him broken hearted. He throws a massive toddler-esq tantrum when he finds out about the affair, thus drives her farther away. He figures if he mans up this will win her back. What’s the best way to do this? Go over to Iraq and be an embedded journalist with the US Military.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t go as originally planned. In a moment of serendipity, Bob is stuck in Kuwait and runs into Lyn. Little does he know that the story that he is so desperately seeking is sitting there in front of him.

This movie is quirky, funny and teeters on the edge of absurdity. Those not familiar with New Age concepts may find this too campy and over the top, but it is chock full of great lines and goofy moments. It is a refreshing departure on the war films that have been put out in the past years. On a side note, for all those animal rights people waiting to throw a fit, the goats put in an Oscar worthy performance of dropping dead.

Things to watch for: Jeff Bridge’s awesome hippie hair and George Clooney’s porn-stash. Some awesome dance moves by Clooney and some cleaver ties-ins with Star Wars references.

Who should see this movie:
Fans of George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey, goat lovers, those open to New-Age concepts. Those needing a good laugh and are just want to be entertained on an asinine level.

See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD:
If you are tired of the horror flicks and don’t want to sit through a family, kid or chick flick, see it in the theater. If not this would be a good addition to your DVD library.

November 6, 2009 - Posted by | entertainment news, film reviews, Movie Review, movies, now playing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  2. Actually what animal rights types will get upset about is this:

    “I heard back from the public affairs officer at Ft. Bragg. He had found out what they used the goats for, but asked me not to report it: They were used for ballistics testing. Apparently goat flesh is a close enough approximation to human flesh that when researchers want to figure out how a human might react to being shot in various situations”

    http://trueslant.com/joshuakucera/2009/11/06/what-does-the-army-really-do-with-goats/

    or the Navy’s sonar testing http://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/marine/sonar.asp

    or ….

    Comment by Anon | November 8, 2009 | Reply


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