This absurd film, in my opinion, illustrates the contempt that Hollywood writers and producers have for the intelligence of their audiences.
It is difficult to set forth a bare-bones outline of this picture, but I'll try. Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), an Army man who specializes in parapsychology, is trained to kill using his evil eye. He demonstrates this ability by staring at a goat which has a heart attack and drops dead. Cassady meets a young reporter, Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), and both enter Iraq surreptitiously. Flashbacks occur involving Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) the guru who teaches the new army psychic techniques. Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey) is the serpent in the Garden of Evil.
These four actors are usually excellent in their roles but not in this film. Their characters are contrived and the film, masquerading as a highbrow Hollywood production, is simply awful.
When I left the theater a young man in his thirties asked me what I thought of the film and whether I would review it. I said, "It stunk." He called over a friend and said, "He said it stunk. That's what I love about this guy." Apparently my telling the truth about films that I review is viewed as unusual and surely to be encouraged. Save your money and, more important, your precious time.
"The Men Who Stare at Goats" is playing at several theaters. I saw it at the Regal Union Square Stadium Theater on 13th & Broadway, a quite comfortable theater.
HS said: Manohla Dargis called this film an absurdist comedy and said she liked it. I thought it was absurdly unfunny; a waste of the actors' talents and the audience's time. It is not amusing to see soldiers do goofy and dangerous things under the influence of LSD. George Clooney is famous enough to make any movie he wants; his only film worse than "Goats" was his anti-American "Syriana."