The Men Who Stare at Goats

e=9325&creativeASIN=B001AEF6D6″>The Big Lebowski – 10th Anniversary Edition” to channel more than a bit of The Dude, Bridges steals most of the best scenes as he leads his chosen ones through bizarre experiments and tangles with military bureaucracy. Playing it straight as a powerful chosen one with an edgy ulterior purpose, Kevin Spacey is fine in his role as Larry Hooper, but he’s largely underwhelming.

Wide-eyed and insecure, McGregor is atypical enough to be likable and believable, and Clooney is funny, both with his physical embellishments and straight delivery of wacky dialogue. For Clooney, “Goats” bleats somewhere between “Burn After Reading” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Without knowing exactly what he was handed script-wise, it’s hard know how well Grant Heslov worked as a director. The end result is serviceable and enjoyable, but energy viewers might otherwise devote to laughing is instead expended on back-and-forth transitions and timeline interstitials.

“Goat” gets it, but not quite all of it. “”Joe Wertz

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