Cut To The Chase: GOD BLESS AMERICA (2011) – “Are you really going to take up both of those parking spaces?”

May 9th, 2012 by Graham McMorrow

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*God Bless America opens on Friday in a few theaters, it’s also out there on VOD/Digital.  This is a re-post of my review from April 17th

GOD BLESS AMERICA (2011)
Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait
Starring: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr
Written by: Bobcat Goldthwait
Release Date: VOD April 6th, limited theaters May 11th

Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Frank truly has nothing left to live for. He buys a gun and decides to take out his frustration on the cruelest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine. [Trailer]

God Bless America is a wildly over-the-top black comedy for anyone who’s ever been angry at the state of our culture.  If you liked Falling Down or Natural Born Killers, you get the best of both films with Bobcat Goldwait’s latest.  He brought us World’s Greatest Dad which also touched on the world of celebrity, but we get something very different here.  I should mention this is from the same man who brought us Sleeping Dogs Lie, a movie about a woman who gives a blowjob to her dog.  So please note what you’re getting into here.

This is a captivating satire of current American politics and culture; it’s rage-filled and honest.  The film doesn’t say anything new to those who haven’t been living in a bubble all these years, but show it to someone as naive and ignorant as the victims in the movie and we have progress.

The movie is asking you to be kind, but does this in the most violent way.  The message is clear before the first half the movie is over; the rest is a funny yet predictable journey of hate.  I do like that the movie takes action to get this point across which is refreshing rather than just having yelled “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” out of a window.

Score: 3.5/5

FYI: During the fall of 1993, Goldthwait did stand-up material as an opening act for Nirvana on what would be their final North American tour.  He was a close personal friend of Kurt Cobain.

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