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I’m a fan of happy endings, but more relevant to the post at hand is my appreciation of pleasant surprises. More specifically, don’t you love it when a movie you’ve barely given any thought to releases a trailer that really stands out and makes you laugh? Check out the new trailer for The Men Who Stare At Goats

I love goofy ass George Clooney. He’s a solid dramatic actor, but (much like Brad Pitt) he’s at his best when he explores the more quirky, smirky, crazy bastard roles. His character here looks to be an extreme example of the weirdo he played in Burn After Reading which can only be a good thing. Ewan McGregor as the straight man is also an interesting choice, and the rest of the cast is equally awesome… Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, JK Simmons… and between this and Avatar the resurrection of Stephen Lang is almost complete.

The official synopsis is below.

Reporter Bob Wilton (McGregor) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (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. When the programme’s founder, Bill Django (Bridges), goes missing, Cassady’s mission is to find him in this quirky dark comedy, inspired by a real story.”

The “real story” in question can be found in Jon Ronson’s very funny and interesting book of the same name. (I also recommend his book “Them: Adventures With Extremists.”) True or not, what do you think? Looks to be a funny, interesting, and well-acted comedy with a touch of the Coen Brothers to boot.

Enjoy the trailer? Read the book? Thoughts?


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