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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

R | | Comedy, War | 6 November 2009 (USA)
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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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Todd Nixon
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Gus Lacey
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Maj. Gen. Holtz
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Tim Kootz
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Debora Wilton
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Dave (as Todd Latourrette)
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Ron
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Storyline

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. Written by Rob Harris

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No goats. No glory.

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Comedy | War

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Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hombres de mentes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,706,654, 8 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,416,109, 31 January 2010
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Trivia

Exterior shots of Ft. Bragg were filmed at The New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. See more »

Goofs

The morning they wake up in the desert, when Lyn is on top of the car, he leaves a large dent in the car. In the next scene, the dent is gone. See more »

Quotes

[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.
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More of this is true than you would believe. See more »

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Featured in Who the Hell Is Not George Clooney? (2011) See more »

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I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night
Written by Nancie Mantz and Annette Tucker
Performed by Army Navy
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Quirky Premise, Clunky Execution
10 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Watching Grant Heslov's "The Men Who Stare at Goats" was tantamount to staring at a stick of dynamite - for 93 minutes - that never exploded. All the critical mass of a quirky, eccentric comedy (i.e., an able cast, a political pseudo-relevance) seemed to be undercut by clunky writing, tacky 'Watch people fall down, get run over, and laugh' stunts, and a painfully disjointed plot which can barely be deemed a plot at all. Rather, the movie featured more of a direction: an ill-defined, ill-conceived mission toward which two characters (Clooney's Lyn Cassady and McGregor's Bob Wilton) floated. The problem with the loose plot development, in this case, is that Clooney's chemistry with McGregor feels forced and their connection in the film equally contrived. The film was peppered with flashback (to which Bridges and Spacey owe the majority of their on-screen time) which jettisoned any chance the viewer had with feeling an investment toward the central story or its characters. In fact, the film stumbles from character to character so often that the viewer is caught juggling them under the central story arc -- and we never really care about most of them in the first place.

"The Men Who Stare at Goats" allows for some laughs and some admirable situational ironies. But don't expect the brilliance and subtlety of "The Big Lebowski" or "American Beauty."


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