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      The Men Who Stare at Goats

      2009, Comedy, 1h 33m

      218 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      Though The Men Who Stare at Goats is a mostly entertaining, farcical glimpse of men at war, some may find its satire and dark humor less than edgy. Read critic reviews

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      Struggling reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) gets the scoop of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), who claims to be from a unit of psychic soldiers who have been reactivated for duty. Intrigued by Cassady's assertions that they can walk through walls and kill goats by fixed gazes, Wilton follows him on a dangerous, top-secret mission across Iraq to find the brigade's founder, Bill Django (Jeff Bridges).

      • Rating: R (Language|Brief Nudity|Some Drug Content)

      • Genre: Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Grant Heslov

      • Producer: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Paul Lister

      • Writer: Peter Straughan

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $32.4M

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      • Distributor: Overture Films

      • Production Co: Smoke House, Paul Lister

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      • Sep 10, 2019

        "Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi!" The Men Who Stare At Goats is a quirky, offbeat comedy based on an exposé of the US Army's research into the paranormal. When war journalist Bob Wilton has a chance meeting with a contractor in Afghanistan he learns about a secret US military program to train "Psychic Jedi" to develop their mental abilities in order to conduct psychic warfare. The film features an all-star cast that includes George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey. And, the comedy is really well-done; with a number of funny bits and clever satire. However, the plot doesn't really go anywhere and kind of falls apart at the end. While it has its moments, The Men Who Stare At Goats is all over the place and lacks a cohesive message.

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      • Jun 07, 2012

        What the hell have I just seen? The plot of the movie it's like weird and all over the place. 1 hr 30 min of a movie that really seemed much longer. And I just don't like George Clooney, sorry, I just don't see the special that everyone in Hollywood talks about.

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      • May 26, 2012

        I found her quite entertaining, the story may not be the maximum and at times may be quite rare and confusing, but I like it. The characters are not the strongest point but they are nice. The cast is spectacular, top players have unfortunately not used to its fullest, but that's ok. At the end is a rare movie rarely gets laughs, but is acceptable, entertaining and have a good time.

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      • Dec 02, 2011

        I really enjoyed this. It was funny, well acted, and such a insane and cool story it was fun start to end. I love all the Jedi references with Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan).

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