The Facts behind "The Men Who Stare at Goats"
That is the quandary posed by the film "The Men Who Stare at Goats," and, even more so, by the book of the same name that inspired the film.
First, run -- do not walk, do not pass Go -- to the theater to see "The Men Who Stare at Goats." Films that are both hilarious and intelligent, provocative yet madcap, are hard to come by.
And because this film teaches us, in a wildly entertaining manner, about recent military and intelligence history, I have a feeling certain people will work hard to rush this movie right back out of the theaters. So see it before showings of it, like some of the characters in the film, disappear.
The film presents a largely fictitious story based on all-too-real projects and programs conducted by various agencies of the government. Very little of it is literally true, yet many of the stranger events in the film happened in a manner similar to the one portrayed.