Based loosely on true events, this comedy-drama focuses on a journalist (Ewan McGregor), who goes to cover the war in Iraq. There, he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), who is running a special unit for soldiers who are trained to hypnotize their enemy (as well as goats). A drugged-out soldier (Jeff Bridges) developed this method during the Vietnam War. Kevin Spacey and Stephen Lang play commanders involved in using hypnosis. Directed by Grant Heslov. With Glenn Morshower. Categories: Comedy, War. Year: 2009.
Stephen Root in The Men Who Stare at Goats
On their first day of high school, Ryan (Troy Gentile), Wade (Nate Hartley) and Emmit (David Dorfman) have a run-in with Filkins (Alex Frost) and Ronnie (Josh Peck), the school bullies. Not wanting to deal with their abuse until graduation, the three nerds take out an ad for a bodyguard. Their choice is Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson ), a homeless man who poses as a soldier of fortune. Drillbit initially intends to rob their houses, but after becomimg friends with the boys he turns over a new leaf. After some intense training and a few unique pearls of wisdom, Ryan, Wade and Emmit ultimately learn to fend for themselves. Directed by Steven Brill. With Leslie Mann, Lisa Lampanelli and Cedric Yarbrough. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2008.
Stephen Root in Drillbit Taylor
In the early days of professional football, when the rules were more suggestion than law, Dodge Connolly (George Clooney), a brash, fast-talking all-star, sees the sports potential for greatness. But, when the league faces financial collapse, Dodge must convince Cater Rutherford (John Krasinski), an Ivy League war hero, to join his ragtag squad, or watch his dream die. After Carter becomes a national sensation, young reporter Lexi Littleton (Renée Zellweger) enters the picture intent on uncovering the truth about his past. Both Dodge and Carter fall for the beautiful journalist, and the two become off the field rivals as the sport they love becomes an American obsession. Directed by George Clooney. With Stephen Root, Wayne Duvall, Jonathan Pryce and Peter Gerety. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sports. Year: 2008.
Stephen Root in Leatherheads
When her husband Don (Ted Danson) loses his job, dedicated mother and corporate wife Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) is forced to join the work force for the first time. After finding employment as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank, Bridget forms an unlikely bond with her coworkers Nina (Queen Latifah), a hard-working single mom, and Jackie (Katie Holmes) an exuberant free spirit. After a lifetime of playing by the rules, the women hatch a plot to smuggle millions of dollars of currency that is marked to be destroyed, and start a new life where they make the rules. Directed by Callie Khouri. With Christopher McDonald. Categories: Comedy, Crime. Year: 2008.
Stephen Root in Mad Money
Kate (Eva Longoria Parker), a type-A perfectionist, is killed during an accident right before her wedding. Her fiancé (Paul Rudd) is bereaved and can't imagine dating anyone else. He consults a psychic (Lake Bell) to try to make contact with his deceased love. But when he finds himself falling for the psychic, Kate appears and tries to sabotage the romance. Directed by Jeff Lowell. With Lindsay Sloane and Jason Biggs. Categories: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance. Year: 2008.
Stephen Root in Over Her Dead Body
While searching for his next story, LA Times journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) happens upon Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a homeless Julliard trained musician who suffers from schizophrenia. Once a promising musical prodigy, Ayers now supports himself by playing violin and cello on the streets. While Lopez attempts to help Ayers get back on his feet and realize his dreams, the two form an unlikely bond that transforms both of their lives. Directed by Joe Wright. With Catherine Keener, Nelsan Ellis, Stephen Root, Tom Hollander, Justin Martin and Lisa Gay Hamilton. Categories: Drama, Biography, Music. Year: 2008.
Stephen Root in The Soloist
While hunting in the Texas countryside, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) discovers a group of dead bodies, a cache of heroin and more than $2 million in cash. After taking the money and setting out on the road to sort out the details, Moss is pursued by a ruthless assassin (Javier Bardem) intent on covering up the crime and recovering the lost money. Realizing that Llewelyn and his wife (Kelly Macdonald) are in great danger, Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), the local sheriff, investigates the case and attempts to keep the town from being destroyed by violence, despite the suspicion that the times may have past him by. Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. With Woody Harrelson, Garret Dillahunt and Barry Corbin. Categories: Crime, Drama, Thriller. Year: 2007.
Stephen Root in No Country for Old Men
Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) is an underachiever who owns Average Joe's Gym but is in debt. White Goodman (Ben Stiller) is a rival who wants to buy it. Peter and his gang of gym buddies decide to hold a dodgeball tournament to make money. Goodman retaliates by creating his own dodgeball team, one he is sure will crush Peter's. But then the legendary champ, Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn), turns up ready to train Peter and his friends. .Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. With Chris Williams, Christine Taylor, Justin Long, Alan Tudyk, Joel Moore, and Stephen Root. Categories: Comedy, Sport. Year: 2004.
Stephen Root in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a normal guy in his thirties, sick of the mindless tasks and bureaucratic nonesense that he's subjected to everyday at his job working for a computer software company. To deal with his depression and endless requests from his boss, Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole), to come in on weekends, Gibbons undergoes hypnotherapy. But, when the hypnotherapist falls over dead before the end of their session, Gibbons stops going to the office and, later, teams up with two of his coworkers to put a virus on their company's network that will allow them to embezzle thousands of dollars. When the plan goes awry, Gibbons has to figure out a way to cover his tracks and explain his erratic behavior to his new girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston). Directed by Mike Judge. With John C. McGinley, Ajay Naidu, David Herman, Diedrich Bader and Stephen Root. Categories: Cult Classics, Comedy. Year: 1999.
Stephen Root in Office Space