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08.28.09 26 Comments

This is the first trailer for Men Who Stare at Goats, starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges (in full-on The Dude mode), and Hollywood’s hottest bachelor Kevin Spacey.  It looks like it could either be funny or way too cute for its own good, like my tiny, tiny penis.

Reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (George 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. Now, the program’s founder, Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), has gone missing and Cassady’s mission is to find him. The Men Who Stare at Goats was inspired by Jon Ronson’s non-fiction bestseller of the same name, an eye-opening and often hilarious exploration of the government’s attempts to harness paranormal abilities to combat its enemies. [Apple]

I’m on the fence. The cast are all the kind of lovable schlubs you might entrust to raise your abandoned baby while you tried to juggle your career as a prominent litigator (can you imagine the hijinks?  Someone should write a movie about that!), but handsome charming middle-aged father figures aside, I counted four jokes in the trailer that involved someone getting hit in the face, which is never a good sign.  But on the plus side… Boston.  Man, if I had a nickle for every time I got date raped to that song.

[Better quality video over at Apple]

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