The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

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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.

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11 November 2009 | kylehodgdon
7
| Not As Good As I Was Expecting
I did like "The Men Who Stare at Goats", however, it was not as good as I set my hopes for. This is one of those movies where the trailers and adds on television showed the funniest parts of the movie.

The story was neither here or there and I spent a majority of the time hoping they would really go somewhere, yet it never did.

I felt that the idea of the movie was very splendid, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

Clooney and Spacey were great as always. Bridges (who I am not quite as familiar with) was enjoyable as well. McGregor was not bad, yet nothing special.

Overall, not bad acting, not bad ideas, but the story could have been better. Check it out if you have a chance but don't worry if it passes you by.

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Trivia

The advertising poster is a spoof of a frequently used style for movie posters. Instead of trying to communicate anything about the plot or content of the film, it 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." It's also a reference to the iconic drawing posters from the Soviet communist era, showing profiles of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and V.I. Lenin (in some eras or world regions, often completed by profiles of Joseph Stalin or Zedong Mao).


Quotes

Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: Boone.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir?
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: I'm going into the next office.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir.
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: Damn it.


Goofs

In the 1980s Ft. Bragg was an open post, with no guarded access points.


Crazy Credits

Although this film is inspired by John Ronson's Book The Men Who Stare At Goats, it is a fiction, and while the characters Lynn Cassady and Bill Django are based on actual persons, Sergeant Glenn Wheaton and Colonel Jim Channon, all other characters are invented or are composites and are not portrayals of actual persons. The filmmakers ask that no one attempt walking through walls, cloudbursting while driving, or staring for hours at goats with the intent of harming them... invisibility is fine.


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Electric Voodoo Space Strawberry
Written by Noah Lit, Sam Raver, Josh Lit and Adam Lasus
Performed by The Motha Lickas
Courtesy of Fireproof Recording

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Comedy | War

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