The Men Who Stare at Goats

No goats. No glory.


The Men Who Stare at Goats
Allegedly based on some truths, this film takes a look at a secret US army unit that was trained to use psychic powers for military purposes. A journalist investigating the story tries to cover the Iraqi invasion, but is restricted to Kuwait until he accidently hooks up with a star from the secret military program, who takes him under his wing and into Iraq on a covert operation. Reviews have been mixed.

94 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language).
Comedy, War, On the art circuit

Showtimes

Guess who got the goat.
Guess who got the goat.

Credits

Cast
George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang, Robert Patrick
Director
Grant Heslov
ScreenplayPeter Straughan, from the book by Jon Ronson
MusicRolfe Kent
CinematographyRobert Elswit
EditingTatiana S. Riegel
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2009
Produced byBBC Films, Smoke House, Westgate Film Service, Winchester Capital Partners

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreComedy, drama
LanguageFrequent, strong
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceInfrequent, mild
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
5
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
5
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
2
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Kenneth Turan quote iconA thinking man's farce
10
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi quote iconParanoïese prent is wel sporadies heel plesierig
10
Cape Times
David German quote iconSunk by a scattershot plot
5
Box Office
Amy Nicholson quote iconGood reviews and great word of mouth are fighting for this flat-out fantastic film.
18
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
18
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman
10
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconNowhere as boring as the titular activity but clearly not as funny or entertaining as it could have been and certainly thinks it is.
8
Metacritic.com
33 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
185 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThough 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.
10

What the People say

Internet
24817 Netizens quote iconA good film, but not without its flaws
13

Average .. 56%

11

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