#17 – The Men Who Stare At Goats – by Nick Andersen


The Men Who Stare At Goats is a 2009 R-rated drama comedy directed by Grant Heslov inspired by Jon Ronson’s book of the same title. Both Jon and Peter Straughan are the writers for this film. The war parody of the true story behind the New Earth Army, an experimental US army unit of “Warrior Monks” with unparalleled psychic powers. It’s funny at times and entertaining but feels like it stretches or has you lose interest once in a while but then brings you back. Although a good cast, it’s a slightly weird film but with a funny touch.


I would say Clooney is at his best here. Fully committed to the role of Lyn Cassady. It’s rare to see him like this and not his charming self as we all know him. Ewan McGregor also did good job. My favorite funny moment is when he questions what a Jedi Warrior is… I mean, come on he was Obi Wan Kenobi! They must have had fun with that and hired him because of that. I was surprised to see Kevin Spacey in it and when I found out I just had to watch this movie. But he plays a “bad” guy and I guess he does a good job at that since I didn’t like his character and he looked weird with that mustache. And Jeff Bridges is just being himself which is awesome! He is a cool person in real life and in the movies too but it’s no The Big Lebowski. He’s always fun to watch and listen to, but we’ve seen him do better in other films.

I have never seen a film by this director and he really hasn’t directed much. It was funny to watch and probably would be more fun with friends. This is a satire type and war parody so you can’t really expect any awards for it. It’s not bad and would watch it again on a lazy day but I wouldn’t buy the DVD.

Based on a true story but we can’t be sure how loyal the film is to the book. Many immediately mark it as ridiculous and not true that the US military didn’t try that. I would say otherwise and kinda makes sense to be that psychic and spiritual around the 80s with the new age movement. But we can’t know for sure if they still exist today.

Great and funny ending! Good idea to end it how it started. I liked that.

Thanks for reading my review!

– Nick Andersen

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