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Director(s): Bobcat Goldthwait
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. He finds an unusual accomplice 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement.
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T1 Brit (09 May 2013)
This is not a film. It is a political manifesto. The message is verysimple. Our culture is sick. The degradation of popular entertainment,the decay in manners, basic politeness and human decency is targetedliterally, by a man who can take no more of it and has no reason leftto even try. The fact that the film is itself clinically realistic init's ultra violence, is part of the message itself. 'Are you enjoyingthis?' it asks. If you are, then you might want to stop for a momentand look at that. What kind of people celebrate cruelty and selfishnessand ignorance and greed? This question is pointed right out the screenat you. There is also much to enjoy in the very neatly written script.The female lead is superb as an articulate rebel youth with good reasonto rebel. There are several outstanding quotable moments and some laughout loud ones. A great little movie with a big message.
markways (08 May 2013)
As much as I despise the plastic culture of media America, this moviehas a couple of problems. First, and perhaps disturbingly, is thenotion that you can shoot your way to purity. It reminds me of thejustifications Brevik has made in Norway for his mass murder; eventhough this is fiction, it's still kind of a crappy idea to publicizeit. Okay, okay, so it's satire, I get it, but the move veers around intone and notion and ultimately doesn't really say much. Yes, there's alot of crap in the world, yes, the dominant paradigm of way too manypeople is to be a zombie slut for celebrity, yes, so much of everythingis about the bread and circuses. And so what? As for the movie itself: perhaps the least believable character, atleast in terms of what she says, is the girl. She gives speecheswritten by a fifty-plus-year-old man, extolling things that wereperceived to be awesome in the 1970s but which were just as stupid andplastic as the things today are (I mean, seriously, Alice Cooper and"Only Women Bleed" - "the first rock-and- roller to wear makeup?" SOWHAT???) Every moment of that added to the lameness points of thescript.And yet I gave this movie a "6" - why? Well, the basic script is abouta 4, but hell yea, lots of things absolutely suck, and so: +2 for that!
benvarkentine-329-462799 (06 May 2013)
However...I wish that both the lead actors' characters had beenexplored in equal depth. I feel that we are really shown the heart ofthe Frank character but not so much Roxy's.Which is a shame, because based on the job she did with the charactershe was given, Tara Lynne Barr would've been capable of defining hercharacter as well as Joel Murray does. I especially wish we'd seen more(or really any) of what her character's home life was actually like.As to the larger questions of the movie, of course, there is aninherent irony in presenting the case against rudeness from behind agun. I think Goldthwait was well aware of this; I don't know if there'sany message to be found here.But if there is, I certainly don't think it's that Goldthwait thinksanyone with opposite views to his should be shot. It's closer to thetruth, perhaps, that the movie dramatizes a gaping wound in the worldtoday. It's more a calling for attention to a problem than a suggestionof answers.In fact, one of the more troubling thoughts the movie leaves with youis that there may *be* no answers: The world's just gonna keep gettingdumber.Which leads me to an even *more* troubling idea. Goldthwait has saidthat one of his models for the script was the film Network, which uponits release was seen as satire: Surely no TV executives could really be*that* cynical, surely people didn't want to be on TV *that* much,surely the profit motive isn't the *only* motive.Some 35 years later, we realize that the sort of thing which must haveseemed repellent then, is now enjoyed by millions of families severaltimes a week. It's a world where "reality" shows are seen as anacceptable activity for recent Vice-presidential nominees, and girlsare celebrated for how much liposuction they've had.My point is: What if, 35 years from now, the problems at whichGoldthwait "takes aim" in this movie...sorry...are thought of as"quaint," with sweet nostalgia? If that happens, there may be part ofme (assuming I survive) that wishes Frank and Roxy had one more "callto arms."Not literally, of course
ryan mcdaniel (05 May 2013)
I've been there. Thats how I felt about the first 15 minutes of thismovie. After that, it was just one soap box after the another. As aformer liberal who later grew up a realized that what I was fightingfor was just making the world exactly what I hated, I can relate withthe lead character. Except, I never had the means or talent to make amovie about it, thank God. This movie is just a story of a liberal(Bobcat Goldthwait) who is starting to get fed up with the movie andmedia world he is a part of. Problem is, hes still fighting the onething that can get him past all of this, God. Is it any wonder the onlypeople he goes after politically are right wing? Not to mention thehypocrisy behind what politics he doesn't like go beyond the pale. TeaParty activists pushing sick old people down the street saying theydon't believe in God?! That kind of thing has never and would neverhappen by any Tea Party member! However, the occupy wall street crowddid some pretty horrible things, yet we see nothing about them? Im notgoing to even comment on why Bill O'Reilly needs to be shot. And notonly shot, but let loose an entire clip into. Besides, didn't I justsee Bobcat Goldthwait on Bill Mahers show last month?!?! Isn't he thesame kind of blow hard?!?! Bobcat Goldthwait just proves that Hollywoodand its politics are far removed from reality. So far removed that theaudience might have to consider this to be the "comedy" in this film.Falling Down was a good movie about the same stuff without thepolitical bias. On a depressing note, it wouldn't surprise me that whenthat nut from Aurora, Co tells his story, this movie is mentioned. Illbet that the morning after that shooting Bobcat Goldthwait was in touchwith his publicist with all kinds of damage control for the parallelsin this movie. Thank goodness not enough people watched this movie forit to even matter. At what point are movie makers going to have to takesome kind of responsibility for these movies?!When is Hollywood going to realize that movies like this only inspireconfused or desperate young minds to do the exact opposite of what thedirector is trying to convey? THERE ARE MANY KIDS OUT THERE THAT DO NOTUNDERSTAND SATIRE!!!
jonasivan15 (01 May 2013)
Upon reading a lot of the negative reviews I just shook my head. Somecompared it and accused it of making light of murder, hatred andviolence in general. Well, no kidding! It's a movie, a dark (sometimesbleak) comedy. It's also condemned for being an anti- conservative,liberal-spewing, overtly trashy film. That makes me weep for ourpopulation more than the movie did. I am neither Republican, Liberal, Tea Party, Green Party or any otherridiculous moniker that people use as an identity to justify behaving acertain way because everyone else in that "party" views a couple oftheir ideals the same way. I am neither religious nor anti- religious.I just don't care about such silly, nausea inducing, painfully idioticand pandering titles being attached to me. What I do care about aremovies that make me pause and reflect as the credits roll. Seeing anartists work from start to finish without interference from others whodon't agree. That's the ultimate beauty of the independent film. Don'tget me wrong, there are no guarantees that "independent" is synonymouswith genius. Here we have a movie that shows an everyday man (played exquisitely byMurray) who is divorced with a god-awful whiny brat, a potential braintumor, jobless and just plain fed up. He sees the decline in morals andvalues as a skier sees an avalanche: unstoppable and there's no hopefor survival. Boy did the director nail this concept!I find it confusing that this is considered a "liberal" movie. He eventells the O'Reilly-esque character that he agrees with some of hisviews. How is that liberal? At no time is the director telling peopleto not believe what they want to believe, he's simply saying that thereare better ways to get your point across than hate mongering, bashingideologies and people you fear nor understand, having a sense ofprinciples and decency towards others and just being nice. The characters methods are over the top and extreme. No sane personwould do what they did. And yes, I get the hypocrisy of a character whocommits violence to get his point of being nice across. That's why it'sa dark comedy, folks! The characters pay the ultimate price at the end, though, when theyrealize that the one person they felt sorry for is just as morallycorrupt as the rest. And yes the movie can be preachy and they go on diatribes of pointsthat don't propel the storyline. Yes, it can be disturbing that hetravels with a teenage girl whom he corrupts (though I think it reallywas the other way around). In the end I'm ecstatic that it p****d some folks off and even morethrilled that they were offended. That means it did its job. Because ifthey took the time to write the review it obviously inspired somethingwithin them. And isn't that really the point? To think? To be affectedby something?A great movie. But do yourself a favor. Watch it and judge for yourself. If you havethe ability to realize its JUST A MOVIE!!, that is.
A_Concerned_Critic (30 April 2013)
God Bless America is a (supposedly) dark comedy about a middle aged,divorced man who has become fed up with the superficiality andbrutality of modern American pop culture. After being diagnosed with afatal brain tumor, he takes it upon himself to go on a rampage killingeverybody who he deems deserving death, eventually teaming up with apretty, 16 year old female accomplice named Roxy who shares his hatred.Coming off of the movie Super which I enjoyed quite considerably, I wasrecommended this film due to their similar structure. After reading theplot summary, I was filled with excitement, expecting a smart, humorousroast of modern American pop culture as well as the obnoxious, mopeywhiners who deplore it so intensely. What I witness certainly containedthe former, although devoid of any sort of humor, intelligence, or wit.It seemed, however, the director of the film turned out to be a memberof the latter. A bitter, angry man who never quite knew how to grow up,using his two unlikable protagonists as a mouthpiece for a 105 minutehateful rant about every little pet peeve of his.Worst of all, the movie contradicts its own message so many times thatit becomes comical. You'll see the two protagonists preaching theirdisdain for people using labels, fear mongering and being hateful whileperforming all three in the very same scene. Initially I thought thiswas clearly the director's intent; to create two preachy, hypocriticalprotagonists as a clever satire of these very people who exist in reallife, looking for ways to make themselves miserable over pop culture.But as the film painfully churned on, as the one dimensional, childishrepresentations of right leaning political figures were mowed down inexpectation of my applause, it became apparent that the director of themovie WAS Frank, living out his bizarre murder fantasy through film.Frank does not grow. In fact, by the end he is only given even morereason to hate. He receives no comeuppance, only justification for hismindless, hateful slaughter.It is hard to like such a miserable human being unless you're just asmiserable as him. At points in the film, the characters become almostliteral mouth pieces for the director, speaking what seems almostdirectly at the audience in long winded, childish monologues filledwith hate, labels, fear mongering and lies. The female protagonist,Roxy, while initially likable, becomes probably the worst part of thefilm, declaring anybody with right leaning views or different musicalor television tastes idiots deserving of death. One rant of her'sregarding Fallout Boy and Alice Cooper was so painfully juvenile that Iwas tempted to just shut the film off. It was reminiscent of a stuck up12 year old boy on a YouTube comment section saying how much he hatesJustin Bieber and how he loves "x" era of music in a plea ofacceptance.The film's political bias is not only nauseatingly irritating, itcontradicts the message of the film. It criticizes "Fox News-like"political figures of spreading lies and hate, while the entire film isa rant of lies, exaggerations and hate. It groups the religious andconservative with universally hated groups such as the Westboro BaptistChurch. It calls a mock Bill O' Reilly a draft dodger, then accuses himof lying and fear mongering. There is not a single criticism of theleft wing media in sight, despite it being filled with the rudeness,fear mongering and hatred the protagonists so proudly lambast.The hypocrisy, the blatant bias, and the unlikable protagonists aside,this just simply isn't an enjoyable movie. The few jokes that are inthe film simply aren't funny. You may smirk or laugh a few times, butnothing memorable or stand out happens. The only ones who'll becheering through the film are the miserable sad sacks the movie istargeted towards. Despite being a violent film, nothing interestingever happens action wise. Almost all of the characters killed areblandly shot to death with almost no attempt from the director toinject humor or spice into it in any way.Possibly the worst and most hypocritical offense of the movie comes atthe very end. A heavy emphasis of the film is how much Frank deploresthe fact that Americans love to pick on the weak and stupid, comparingit to the Roman Colosseum. This point is brought up several timesthrough the film, usually in reference to a character on a mockAmerican Idol show who is essentially William Hung. After hispassionate defense of the feeble and stupid, Frank says something tothis character, and the character responds with a "stupid" answer.You know what Frank does next? He shoots him to death in anger.You're a real intellectual, Bobcat.
Chris L (23 April 2013)
Though God Bless America raises up some truths and traps of our modernsociety, it is also quite contradictory to its message, relying onelements it apparently wanted to denounce in the first place.The scenario is quite linear, lacking depth and subtlety. The firsthalf-hour is rather catchy, but the movie then gradually fades away andloses its point until the final outcome. One may also point out theincoherences of the plot like Roxy returning home without beingarrested.The only real satisfaction of the film is the direction which wasexcellent, dynamic and inventive, well thought.
OJT (23 April 2013)
A strange bird of a film this, some kind of ironic comedy. It'soutrageously critically most that's wrong with todays American society,and masking it up as a comedy, as it is! A good comedy top, and almosta parody of Natural born killers from 1994.Like a modern William D-Fens Foster (Falling Down 1993), but with asmiley on his belt, is going berserk in moral disgust with todayssociety. It's about a man who looses grip, and wanting revenge. Hestarts with a killing in anger; and is approached by by a girl whichadmires what he's just done.Many will have troubles with this, because it's profane, violent andoffensive. The themes are all from the seven deadly sins, to guncontrol, school massacres, mad law enforcement, drugs, religioushatred, stupid talent-shows, lame commercials and media's awfulridicule and abuse of persons which should be rather guarded away andprotected instead of being put out on TV as entertainment.Accompanied by a great soundtrack with some great forgotten songs fromthe eighties or there about, and fine acting all the way through, thishas become well worth a watch.Of course God Bless America is a strange bastard of a film, but shouldbe regarded as a good criticism of us building a society on theopposite ideas of what we should, in a moral decay. Something quitedifferent. Nicely done!
hillaryjwalker (16 April 2013)
I knew from the trailer I was in for a great experience and I wasright.Be forewarned, this film is violent with a capital V. If you didn'tlaugh a little back in the 90's when Travolta's Vinnie 'accidentally'shot Marvin in the face in Pulp Fiction, you probably don't possessenough inherent fiendish glee to appreciate Bobcat Goldthwait's deep,dark, comedic indictment of today's society.This long overdue trial on humanity is broadly entertaining ANDpoignant. Many of the scenes are simple two-character conversationswith such well-paced and witty dialogue that the social commentary goesdown as painlessly as a spoonful of grape Dimetapp. But it's truly inthose simple character-revealing moments of the story that Goldthwaitmakes his point. Roxy and Frank are both vulnerable, sympathetic andsurprisingly likable in spite of the terror they rain down on realityTV stars and unsuspecting movie patrons.No single political group or mindset is spared in this film. Every typeand subspecies of American is attacked equally for their ignorance,bigotry and short-comings. If an artist's objective is to hold a mirrorup to society, then Goldthwait does this boldly, brashly and steadilyfor the entire 105 minutes of this film. Be prepared to see your ownblemishes. Be prepared to laugh at it's harshness. And be prepared tothink - just a little!
proteusphi (16 April 2013)
"God Bless America" is a blatant ripoff of "Super", borrowingeverything from the plot progression, character personalities, even theprotagonist's name(!), Frank, from James Gunn's film. "God BlessAmerica" is entertaining only in the sense that its version of Frankdoes what we all wish we could do.After being rejected by his ex-wife and bratty daughter, getting firedfrom his job, and discovering a life-shattering news from his doctor,Frank decides to go out in a blaze of glory by busting a cap in everysymbol of mediocrity and bigoted ignorance in the media he can find.You know the types. Those brats on "My Super Sweet 16" or whatever theshow is called. Bill O'Reily. Shawn Hannity. The asinine producers ofAmerican Idol who intentionally allow poor singers to go before thejudges to boost laughs and ratings. Every scumbag that's dragging thisnation down and deserves a mouthful of boomstick.I love this premise because it's very empowering to know that we asAmericans don't have to sit back and take it.And Frank would be an interesting, lovable character, except he feelsthe need to slip in preachy soliloquies every 10 minutes. At one pointhe even looks dead into the camera and starts preaching to theaudience. This would have been mitigated by greater shot variety and alittle camera movement. A speech sounds less boring when the cameraslowly dollies in on the speaker.We GET IT. American culture has fallen victim to cruelty andmediocrity, and we are sheep, eagerly grazing on the filth of themainstream media. WE GET IT.It's a little unfair to call Tara Lynne Barr's performance as Roxy iswooden, considering what she had to work with. Her character'shomicidal tendencies aren't extreme enough to protect her motives fromscrutiny, or to even illicit laughs. As a result her actions arenonsensical; and woefully overshadowed by Elene Paige's performance asBolty in "Super." Perhaps if more time had been spent examining Roxy'ssupposedly apathetic parents and her lackluster home life, thendirector Goldthwait might have developed a fascinating character: agirl who uses violent fantasies as a means of escape, after beingignored and diminished by everyone around her.Don't get curious, please, because it's NOT in the movie.3 out of 10 for being frustratingly preachy, and a blatant knockoff ofthe film "Super." Go watch that movie instead. It's racist, but muchfunnier and features greater acting and abandon.
Mr. Cool (07 April 2013)
Movies like this come along often, but for good reason. A lot of thingspeople do and say, or watch and listen to are in fact... stupid, andsomeone is always there to say "people are entitled to their opinions".If thats the case then its also OK to disagree with people and theiropinions. This movie isn't original, everything this cynicalwritter/director states has been said by hundreds maybe even thousandsof others.Yes America has shameless media, MTV and youtube have all but destroyedany decency you can hope for. The news blasts you with fear bombs andpolitics you don't understand and probably don't want to.This film goes farther then that, it even attacks the joy of simplefun. Is a high five really worth shooting someone over? Really Bobcat?I know its just a movie, a pretty funny one too, but in the end it leftme feeling like a lot of other similar films have. Its OK to dislikeand even hate some things that just don't make sense, but if you hateEVERYTHING then maybe the problem is you. This film obviously hasproblems with pretty much everything, it just would have been nice tohave one redeeming value, so that the whole thing didn't feel like someloners I hate list.Seriously high fiving? It was funny, it was as enjoyable a watch thiskind of film can be, the acting was decent, its not a masterpiece, andits not original in most regards, and lets face it, a movie isn't gonnastop all the stupid people from putting stuff on your TV, just changethe channel.6/10
RealisticRater 9800 (06 April 2013)
The writing is awful. The whole idea could have been good if it wasn'tso extreme and had a more realistic and moral plot to justify themessage it was trying to send out. I really had high hopes for thismovie like many other people. The directing was alright and actingquite good but this movie is over-all very unrealistic, which ruined itfor me.This movie started out good as I felt the mood and exhaustion of Frank,who simply feels angry and tired towards the exploitation made bytoday's modern media. This movie was trying to send a message acrossthat today's modern generation is stupid and immoral, yet this verymovie encourages stupid and immoral behaviour like killing people. Thefirst kill that was made was funny in a goofy way and it brought somehumor to the situation. But my problem started when "Roxy" entered thepicture. She just overdid everything. She said "fuck" in every sentenceas if she tried to convince me that she really meant every word she wastrying to say by swearing. And that connection between Frank and Roxydidn't really feel as "connected" as I would have liked. She justjumped into the story and then they were best pals. It felt very weirdsometimes when she went all psycho, she simply "overdid" everything.Now, I really did love this movie if you only think about Frank. Butthe sudden appearance of Roxy spoils it for me. They should just havereplaced her with an imaginary friend of Frank's instead or something.Someone who could relate more to Frank - considering at least a fewvery depressing things that happened to him early in the movie whichpeople could relate to. But Roxy, a teenager with a normal life thatsuddenly decides to go psycho? No. Just no.Politics was brought in to this movie which was a terrible idea. Thismovie is too extreme and one-sided from quite a crazy mind of writerand director, Bobcat Goldthwait. It really angers me to see how hypo-critic Bobcat Goldthwait could be by making this movie and try to saythat today's modern society is stupid when he, by making this movie, isTHAT society.Bobcat Goldthwait could actually have made this movie much better, ifhis mind wasn't so subjective and over-all caused a lazy,unsophisticated plot leading to in-my-opinion unsatisfactory directing.This movie, ironically, encourages immoral behaviour and fails to sendout a good message.Sure, after-all it is a comedy. That's what people tell me. But itisn't just a pointless comedy made for pure pleasure oflaugh-out-louds, it is a dark comedy. A dark comedy which involvedpolitics which it shouldn't have brought in in the first-place if itdoesn't specialize in that subject. Now, the fact that it did involvepolitics is what caused its fall for me because it is a sensitivesubject for many people and clearly wasn't taken seriously by thewriter and director. Now, for people who do care if movies arerealistic and have a valid point, this bad use of politics just ruinedtheir experience of this movie, who started out in-my-opinionfantastically. All this caused this negative feedback from not only me,but many other users.Since I don't simply hand out votes of 1 just because a movie isn't mypiece-of-cake, I gave this a 5. I believe it had over-all a fairbalance between being good and bad as it did give me some funny,enjoyable moments from Frank throughout the movie as I can really,really empathize with his character.To conclude, while it does have some great laugh-out-loud moments,ironically, the movie falls victim to the very societal decrepitude itendeavors to point out and therefore is not worth watching. It's justtoo politically jarring to be enjoyable. Personally, I won't berecommending this movie to anyone.
Dshannon-8 (02 April 2013)
Goldthwaite shows talent, as an actor and director, but his writingskills fall short. The story is a slice of self-indulgent, incoherentwish fulfillment, where the protagonist, Frank, finds himself divorced,out of work (and didn't Frank have any union representative or worker'srights of appeal against a summary dismissal like that?) and apparentlydying of a brain tumor. Throughout the start we see his daydreams ofkilling those people who dare annoy him (including an opening shot ofhim shooting dead a baby for the terrible crime of crying, an act thatwould immediately put off any mature individual watching fromidentifying with him, let alone caring about him), but now heapparently he is going to set out on a quest to destroy all thosepeople who are "bad" for America, which includes American Idol,Christian protesters, spoiled reality show stars, and people who talkin movie theaters. Now here's the thing: we're supposed to feelsympathy for Frank because life has got him down. But we see nothing ofany attempts on his part to make life better, except to pick up a gunand arbitrarily kill people (what, are douchebags who talk in theatersreally more worthy of killing than the incompetent doctor whomisdiagnosed him and set him on this murderous road?), dragging along ateenage girl ala LEON or KICK-ASS. We're then treated to long diatribesfrom the main characters about what they hate, telling each other ortheir victims before killing them, like they were Internet trollssitting up all night posting on forums about Obama/Romney/Kardashian orwhoever else they feel superior over. It becomes elitist. I'm notoverly enamored with reality shows, but I'm not going to tell peopleI'm better than they are for not watching. And it becomes hypocritical,because if Frank is going to kill the reality show makers and reportersand Christian protesters, he has to kill all the people who watch andlove and support them. It's like those facile people who blame thescientists for creating the atomic bomb - not the military who droppedit, and especially not the politicians who instigated it - because thenwe should be held accountable for its creation. But I digress. Again Isay Bobcat has talent, but next time he should avoid vanity projectsand get someone else to write a more coherent, balanced script.
tylerdorsay (01 April 2013)
God Bless America tells the tale of Frank (Joel Murray) who is fed upwith the downfalls of modern day society. After being diagnosed with aterminal illness, he decides it is his mission to rid the world ofpeople who deserve to die. From snobby reality TV stars to anyone hedeems as a shameless asshole. He is joined by a less than sane Roxy(Tara Lynne Barr) who happens to share Frank's radical beliefs. This film has moments that at times invoke jaw dropping shock value (Mymouth literally hung agape for 5 minutes after watching the openingscene) but more importantly, it delivers a message to the viewerwithout mincing words. Some of the finer moments of the film aremonologues Frank gives bashing anything and everything rotten that hehas observed about modern day America. These monologues reminded me ofSacha Baron Cohen's speech at the end of the dictator. Bittersweet, andyet oh so full of truth.Both Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr's performances were above par;however, Roxy's character was at times unbelievable. Her reactions totraumatic situations seemed just a little too crazy and it was hard toimagine any teen (no matter their mental condition) reacting in alikewise fashion. A small annoyance and hardly noticeable at that.I give this movie an 8/10. Watch it if lately you've found yourselffrustrated with all the B.S. our society has to offer and if you are afan of dark comedy. There are plenty of guilty laughs to be had. Tyler Dorsay
lge-946-225487 (31 March 2013)
This movie will make you feel much dirtier for having watched it. On ascale of 1-10, I give it a rating of about 10 showers for how dirty itmakes you feel. It is violent, stupid, ill-conceived, manipulative andnasty on so many levels!The movie is a sort of "Falling Down" story, morphed into Goldthwait'sinsane murder fantasy with a high body count. There's no discerniblehumor in it. It's just so insanely violent, filthy, politicized,amateurish and ham-fisted that I wonder how it ever got made in thefirst place.Goldthwait opens up his mind and lets it flow across the screen like asewer. There are lots of sermons and crude agitprop in this one;Goldthwait never misses any opportunity to mount his soapbox. His main agitprop maneuver is to confound personal bad qualities --like the guy who belligerently parks across two parking spaces -- withright-wing politics, making them out to be one and the same. It's ahoary gimmick, dating back to at least "Jew SÃ¼ss," the Nazi movie thatequated being a child-beating, overbearing father with being Jewish.When I see the praise lavished on this horrifying dreck by ordinaryviewers, it makes me think our country is as stupid, loud, mean andshallow as Goldthwait says it is. This mix of politicized agitprop with insane random violence could be acombo of Michael Moore and Quentin Tarantino on a really bad day.
Acks King (31 March 2013)
I wrote a review earlier explaining what the movie depicts in simpleterms and they deleted my review. So if the explanation isn't worthdisplaying on this site you can guess what the movie depicts. Its justliberal BS, but instead of smoking pot and sleeping around this timethey are wielding guns. The movie describes in very clear terms everyliberals sweetest wet dream, so if you wanna know what they are likeyou gotta watch this movie. Oh and guess what, they don't mind carryingbanners condoning all their deviant acts but get offended by reviewslike these. By all means watch the movie, show it to your kids and tellthem why they should be wary of these people.
roseybaby63-59-43149 (27 March 2013)
I'm so happy I saw this film. I rarely put money out to see a movie,but this is definitely worth it. I heard about this movie and went outof my way to see it.It surely comments about today's screwed up values, people being rudeand mean. Frank is sick of how messed up society is and we can see whyby the shows and 'celebrities' that we see on his TV. His life's amess. His ex wife is a stupid, shallow woman and his daughter is ahideous brat. When he finds out he has brain cancer, he goes in to akind of overload and snaps. He kills a spoiled reality "star" and Icouldn't help but cheer him on. When teenage Roxy insists on going withhim, things really start moving. They embark on a killing spree, mostof which occurs during their 'vacation'.This is a clever, well made movie. I was engrossed by the fine actingof the stars, Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr. The commentary Frankmakes through out the film is very cutting and oh so true. I foundmyself agreeing with much of what Frank expressed about today'ssociety. It's truly a wonderful dark comedy. I laughed often andsometimes cheered when they took out some of the truly hideous people.Even though I realize that Roxy had some real mental problems going on,I couldn't help but like her. I loved the ending. Sure, not everythingthat happens seems realistic, but it doesn't have to be in this movie.It's not so much telling a story as it is shining a glaring light onhow truly screwed up things have become in this country.I'm urging people I know to seek out and see this film. It's so good,but I'm afraid it won't get the attention it deserves.
adde-380-640375 (26 March 2013)
I have a hard time finding the correct words for how much I like thismovie. While it might not be as good as Falling Down which is the movieI think heavily inspired Bobcat Goldthwait. Now, let's talk about God Bless America! I saw the trailer and I knewthis was a movie that I simply had to see and I do not regret a secondI spent on this movie. The buildup to Franks breakdown is brilliant,the way his neighbor only cares about his car, his daughter is just asspoiled as the kids he sees on TV (that he hates), everybody at hiswork is reciting things they've heard people saying on the radio orsome other medium. The fact that you actually bond pretty tight withRoxy and Frank just makes this movie such a joy to watch! It's intenseand for me, I was just wondering if the cops wouldn't come after themafter a while. It's also pretty emotionally strong like I mentionedwith the bonding of the characters, the killing scenes are so intenseand good looking that it felt like maybe 1-2 extra scenes of suchaction would've made this movie so good I wouldn't need to watchanything else in my entire life. I also love the way you can notice howtheir relationship changes to the better during the movie, it's not inany way becoming the dominating part of the movie but it's constantlythere and just making it even better. This movie brings up a lot of thoughts I've had about society with thefact that through all of the "talent shows" or what I should call them,it's not the ones that are actually good we want to watch. We want towatch some 19 year old girl that has been bullied her entire life,gather the courage to stand on a stage and then laugh at her as sheactually can't sing or is a horrible dancer. It's a wakeup call foreverybody who watches this, I actually don't care about that the bloodeffects are pretty good (however the one when Roxy cuts up Chloe's momis BRILLIANT!) After watching this movie I really hope that more moviesresembling this one comes out. The fact that it's a young girl thatkills people as well is just amazing! Final words: If you want a movieto watch with your friends, watch alone when you're in a sinister moodor just a plain good movie that you won't regret seeing? Then watch GodBless America. You will NOT regret it!
merqabah (26 March 2013)
This is not a bad film, by any means, its not boring, its competentlyshot and can be funny/touching at times, having said that, there is onebig problem with this latest dark comedy: Originality.the film follows the exploits of loner Frank(played by Joel Murray) andhis precocious sidekick Roxy (a very cute and energetic Tara Lynne Bar)while they shoot their way trough the United States, leaving a trail ofdead celebrities, politicians and rude people in general.While this was an opportunity to delve into satire territory, the filminstead plays with south park like parodies of reality shows and oftenturns into a kind of fantasy about violently dealing with the thingsthe writer doesn't like about America, and as i mentioned, it has beendone before and better.Last year's Super starring Rainn Wilson provided an incredibly similarfeel, in fact comparisons between the 2 films and specially betweenEllen Page character in that one and Tara Lynn bar in this one cant beavoided; however that film had something this film doesn't; the notionthat the vigilantes were disturbed, misguided people, and that bothsides of the coin were equally sick.Director Bobcat Goldhwait, has repeatedly shown a talent for mixingmature drama, with incredibly childish and dark humor, as shown in his2 previous efforts 2009's "world greatest dad" and 2006"stay"; and inthis entry the trend continues, however the tender relationship betweenthe 2 characters, and the serious way it treats it, detract from thesatiric notion of the film and turns it into a romantic liberalfantasy.in short, if you liked super, south park or hate American Idol and anyKardashian show, this will give you 2 fun hours, however don't expectthis film to be discussed that much in the future.
Chris Smith (25 March 2013)
Dark comedies don't get much darker (or funnier) than 2012's "God BlessAmerica". Written and directed by 80s comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, who'slast directed Robin Williams a few years ago in another dark comedycalled "World's Greatest Dad".In "God Bless America" middle aged every man Frank (played by JoelMurray) is fed with society becoming meaner and meaner. Kids havedeveloped such a sense of entitlement and self centered greed that thefuture of human decency looks bleak. Parents aren't any better as theyhave stopped being "parents" to their kids. Reality shows, cable newsand rewarding human stupidity are rotting society from the inside out.Frank is divorced and lives in a cheap apartment with loud andinconsiderate young neighbors whose baby cries at all hours. Lying inbed one night he has a seriously demented fantasy that I sure mostpeople have had at one time or another. Frank works in a generic officebuilding with annoyingly stupid co-workers and mind numbing work. Whileshowing basic human kindness to the receptionist he is fired for"harassing" her. To top it all off his recent headaches have beencaused by a brain tumor. At the end of his rope with life and societyhe contemplates suicide. While watching a reality show about a spoiledbrat named Chloe he decides that she needs to die more. He stakes outher high school and while doing this meets a kindred soul in the formof a teen girl named Roxy (played by Tara Lynne Barr). Frank and Roxyare a great duo but are strictly platonic friends as Frank is a verymoral person who thinks people have lost their basic decency andrespect for others. This being said they start off on a road tripkilling mean people along the way.Obviously this movie was made before the tragic movie theater shootingin Colorado, so when Frank and Roxy start killing obnoxious and rudetheater goers it makes this movie all the more darker. The mostdisturbing part is that your cheering them on while they do it allwhile thinking this is soooooo wrong. Frank and Roxy are extremelylikable and relatable. They have great chemistry and are sort of like aBonnie and Clyde. This movie does take place in a sort of fantasy worldand could very well all be taking place in Frank's head or in a dream.Like a lot of comedies the less you really think about it the better.This movie is extremely satirical and sarcastic and is not foreveryone. If you like your comedies like your coffee (black and bitter)you'll love "God Bless America" It is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray andcurrently available through Netflix Watch Instantly.
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