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In a comedic look at real life events that are almost too bizarre to believe, a reporter discovers a top-secret wing of the U.S. military when he accompanies an enigmatic Special Forces operator on a mind-boggling mission.
Comedy War - This is a quirky, sometimes silly comedy with science fiction
elements based on a real-life military program aimed at an adult
audience. Fans of the name stars, especially George Clooney, should
be pleased though Kevin Spacey has limited screen time. Language
and violence make the film inappropriate for kids, who wouldn't be
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The Men Who Stare at Goats is a comedy, and I laughed quite a few times while watching it, but that sobering reality almost makes me want to cry.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good It actually doesn't matter if the book is truthful. It doesn't claim the paranormal powers are real. Ronson simply says some officials thought they might be -- and that if they were, we had to get there first. The movie is funny either way.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average One only wishes it were a more consistently funny film.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 127 moviegoers:
This is one of those strange, quirky stories that movie critics like and most moviegoers don't enjoy very much.
TEENS:Both the males and females enjoyed this movie very much. It's apparently a movie for teens because older moviegoers didn't care much for it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Close to half the males and females enjoyed this movie very much. The rest of the reviews range from average to below average, which is low. These are not great reviews, but they aren't terrible.
ADULTS:Very mixed reviews. I can not recommend this movie to adults. A small percentage of you may love it, but most will be somewhat to very disappointed.
Reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (Academy Award® winner George Clooney), a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy's thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program's founder, Bill Django (Oscar® nominee Jeff Bridges), has gone missing and Cassady's mission is to find him.
Intrigued by his new acquaintance's far-fetched stories, Bob impulsively decides to tag along. When the pair tracks Django to a clandestine training camp run by renegade psychic Larry Hooper (two-time Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey), the reporter is trapped in the middle of a grudge match between the forces of Django's New Earth Army and Hooper's personal militia of super soldiers. In order to survive this wild adventure, Bob will have to outwit an enemy he never thought possible.