DVD Review: The Men Who Stare At Goats

My initial thought when I was done watching this film was: "Wow..that was stupid." Although as weird as it will sound it wasn't a bad stupid. The cast is so amusing and it was quite obvious that they were having fun with the "out there" script.

Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is a reporter from Ann Arbor, MI. He's in Iraq to prove to his recently estranged wife that he's got something to offer. He meets Lyn Cassidy (George Clooney) who claims he's a "psychic soldier" in a top secret military division. He tags along with Lyn to learn more about his interesting operation. Along the way he meets the founder Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) and the bitter Larry Hopper. (Kevin Spacey)

This movie was plagued by horrible reviews when it first came out, after watching I think that some of those people were perhaps taking the film too seriously. Yes, psychic soldiers who can stare at a goat and stop it's heart is a weird thing. So is the fact that they keep referring to themselves as "Jedis" throughout the film. It's even funnier that they keep using that term in front of Ewan McGregor. It's a fun story with a fun cast. Sure, it's one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen, but I never got bored watching it.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: C+

Memorable Quote: "What's a jedi?" - Bob Wilton (Ewan Obi Wan Kenobi McGregor)


  1. i'm guessing this is one of those it's so stupid it's funny movies. though many times i just think they're not very funny. but thanks for the review. i'm wondering if i should rent this.

  2. I STILL haven't seen this. I have read Jon Ronson's excellent non-fiction book of the same name though. Will be interesting to see how the two stack up & whether they took the facts Ronson found and made them too 'out there' (although to be honest, they were pretty 'out there' to begin with).

  3. That movie was a total waste. Not as funny as the previews. Come on Clooney.

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  5. My initial thought when I was done watching this film was: "Wow..that was stupid." --- The same here.

    And actually I was thinking "It's so stupid. Why am I watching it?" throughout all the movie. But somehow I had lots of laughs. So it's somewhat controversial. Now I don't mind to watch it again to shape my opinion completely.

  6. 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.


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