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"More True Than You Would Believe"

  • Nov 22, 2009
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I missed the first 2 or 3 minutes of this movie, as I was waiting in line at the concessions stand stocking up on Popcorn for everyone who went with me to this movie. When I came back, my friend leaned over and whispered into my ear: "At the beginning they had a line that said, 'more true than you would believe.' "

They weren't lying.

The quirky title of "The Men Who Stare at Goats" fits perfectly with the quirky story and even quirkier tall-tales of a psychic-delic hippi movement that took root within the US Army. The man to discover all of this is a guy named Bob, whom the universe orchestrates to meet  Lyn Cassidy -- one of the most talented members of this New Age Army Unit. Of course, when I say "orchestrate" I mean through a series of a seemingly chance misfortunes that brings Bob up to the point of being a reporter in Iraq. Bob, like the audience, isn't sure if his life is being pulled along by providence or just bad luck. Lyn, played by the brilliant Mr. George Clooney, is going to show Bob all of his "Jedi Powers" that he learned with this special Army Unit and, more importantly, he's going to show Bob that he too has a large part to play in the history of this unit.

I found myself laughing throughout this movie. Ewan McGregor playing a would-be or should-be Jedi was nothing short of brilliant casting. But Clooney, despite all of his impressive looks, still manages to have the goofiest expressions I've seen since The 12 Monkeys. The writers do a tremendous job of riding the line between belief and doubt of the paranormal. Sometimes, Lyn pulls off the spectacular. Most times he does not. And one time, when he does pull it off -- by killing an innocent goat -- he sets himself up for a bad case of Karmaitis. So ultimately, The Men Who Stare at Goats is a story about....brace yourself....redemption.

More True Than You Would Believe? Yes. Is this flick better than you would expect? Absolutely. Check it out. Keep your eyes peeled for the unbelievable. But don't stare too hard.

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April 22, 2010
It seems to be love it or hate it with this flick. I'm in the love it line. And casting Ewan McGregor as Bob was brilliant. It had to be him.
April 23, 2010
You're right. I referred this one to a few people and I think I may have lost a few points as a "trusted opinion." Oh well. I thought it was really funny.
April 28, 2010
Me too. I guess this flick will be a good one to use as a friendship gauge for those who hate it. =)
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The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 comedy film by director Grant Heslov released in theaters on November 6, 2009. It is based on the book of the same title by author Jon Ronson, an account of Ronson's investigation of attempts by US military forces to use psychic powers
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Director: Grant Heslov
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 6, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Peter Straughan
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: BBC Films
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