The Men Who Stare at Goats


What did they accomplish by setting all those prisoners and goats free? Which character was supposed to be the younger representation of the hamster guy from the beginning of the film? Exactly how much of this film are we expected to believe is based on fact? What’s with that weird ending? What subliminal messages did they sneak into that “More Than a Feeling” song that was apparently the only song on the soundtrack?

The plot relied a little too heavily on convenience for my taste. The characters kept happening upon things at just the right moment, which made things happen far too smoothly.


George Clooney played his character as though he was George Clooney doing an impression of a weird guy. Kevin Spacey’s character was nothing more than a one-dimensional obligatory bad guy. Most of the characters were a little too over-the-top. If they had toned it down a little, the story would have probably been more interesting.


There wasn’t much to like or dislike about the visuals. It was a pretty straight-forward film, although certain sections were really badly lit.

Product Placement

After the guys in the white vehicles find the main characters, the audience is treated to a list of franchises that are attempting to open up in Iraq. That’s not so bad in and of itself. What’s bad is when Kevin Spacey’s character says some variation of, “Twizzlers! I love these things!” out of nowhere later on in the film.


I’ve already seen this one twice now, and, as has been the case with a few other films I’ve reviewed, I wouldn’t mind seeing it again, but I’m not going to rush out to do so.

4 comments on “The Men Who Stare at Goats

  1. love this movie. really went under the radar

  2. I clearly remember this being in theaters. Was this movie quirky?

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