The Men Who Stare at Goats

Published May 15, 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Film info

  • Title The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • Director Grant Heslov
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 33m
  • Genres War, Comedy
  • Tagline No goats, no glory

With a freshly-failed marriage behind him, rookie reporter Bob Wilton (McGregor) decides to lose himself in the romance of war by travelling to Iraq to report from the front line. Bob gets more than he bargains for when he meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), a 'psychic' special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, New Age-influenced military unit whose goal is to put an end to war by using mind control techniques, peace and love as taught in Vietnam in the early 1970s by 'New Earth Army' founder Bill Django (Jeff Bridges). When Bob and Lyn set out together across the Kuwait border into Iraq, they get kidnapped and end up in a secret desert training camp run by Django's treacherous former student Larry Hooper (Spacey), who is running a lab of bizarre paranormal experiments aided by his former mentor, now a spaced-out alcoholic.

Live Blog

Time Comment
0:50 That is quite the moustache. Is this a staring competition?
4:45 It’s interesting that some films need a lot of talking to introduce them.
5:36 It’s Charlotte!
9:22 I’m a bit confused about the time frame here, but that’s okay.
12:08 A Jedi warrior counts lights?
12:27 The Jedi thing goes over my head, sadly. Mr C loves it though.
15:34 I like that he just invited him along with George. He doesn’t know him from anyone, really.
18:27 “Alternative” fighting practices.
21:59 I really need to research my wars and stuff.
27:45 This film is funny.
30:11 “Optimum trajectory.” It’s like putting big words together just so it sounds good.
32:50 Ironic attacking!
40:56 I’m actually impressed with the psychic-ness now.
42:49 Yay, love this song.
42:59 Star Wars must be next on the list for me. Mr C is getting all this stuff that I am not.
47:19 Uh oh, a man I recognise but don’t know and my IMDB is busy with the stopwatch.
48:07 I wish I could do that at the petrol station. It would save queuing.
51:27 I’m worried I might try cloud bursting next time I look out the window.
52:59 I can’t believe they would even ask her! Love it.
58:54 Level two sounds suspiciously like the “coke or pepsi” game.
1:00:59 I’m surprised he’s surprised at the lack of “facts” involved in the mission.
1:05:22 So if this is based on real life - someone actually killed a goat by staring at it?
1:11:56 Always skeptical about subliminal messaging in songs.
1:22:04 Oh my god! Tank driving under the influence.
1:25:03 It does make you worry a bit about the Army though.
1:26:55 Not Deborah, Charlotte.


I saw a trailer for this a long time ago and knew I was keen to watch it. The yellowness of the iTunes page and the cover are a little offputting, but I can’t resist a film with George Clooney in it.

Love, love, love it. The story is ridiculous but brilliant. It’s a little bit slapstick, but intelligent with it. It’s not too soppy, but you can tell the emotions are there, and the people involved really believe what they’re doing. He kills goats and bursts clouds, you know. Highly recommended as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

Rating: 5 / 5

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