Will The Men Who Stare at Goats be funny? Since I haven’t seen it yet, I can’t say. But I have a good feeling about it, and it’s not based on the trailer or reviews I’ve read. It’s based on George Clooney’s moustache. If you’ve followed Clooney’s career, you know that when he wants to go funny, the first thing he does is grow one. He hasn’t made a ton of comedies, but if you check out what kind of ‘stache he’s sporting in them, you can get a pretty good idea of how funny they’ll be. By far and away his best comedy is the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou, which not coincidentally features his best moustache – a slick, pencil-thin number. From there, you’ve the fairly funny Burn After Reading (might have been funnier without the beard, too) and the not funny at all Leatherheads (in which he made the mistake of going clean shaven). I place his Goats effort (above) just behind the classic O Brother facial hair – fairly fully, completely silly looking.
If you want to get an advanced look at how the moustache (and by extension, Clooney) fairs in Goats, click on the thumbnail at the right for a pass good for two to sneak preview screening on Thursday at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. A word of advice – seating isn’t guaranteed, so you might want to get there early.
Feel free to start growing your own moustache today.