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The Men Who Stare At Goats * Grant Heslov (2009)

Heslov is better known as an actor than as a director. Did he enjoy playing in Georges Clooney’s “Leatherheads” so much that he wanted to make a similar film himself, with Clooney? When you followed Clooney’s comedy carreer, you have a quite good idea of “The Men…”. The story is about American soldiers trained in paranormal activities. Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is a troubled journalist who meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney) and the two enter Iraq for different reasons. A story told with flashbacks unfolds, a weird story of course, with weird humour, like we are used to of Clooney. “The Men…” is a nice film, but not one of the better in the kind of comedy that seems to become a genre of its own.

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