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God Bless America
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Jul 24, 2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Bobcat Goldthwait

Actors:
Joel Murray
Tara Lynne Barr
Mackenzie Brooke Smith

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When Frank's life falls apart piece by depressing piece he decides to take his own life, until jolted by a sudden epiphany while sitting in front of the TV. Frank instead decides to kill all the worthless people in the world, making a sidekick out of a young girl he meets along the way.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I remember watching the trailer for this and laughing my ass off, as the premise is nothing short of hysterical. Who wouldn't want to go on a rampage for a day shooting each and every annoying idiot in your path? I hate when people don't turn off their phones at the movies, hell I even grabbed a punk kid by the throat at the screening of DAREDEVIL and told him if he didn't shut his pie hole I was going to break his spine in five places. I've yelled at people, used all kinds of profanity and threats and I even threw a large coke at a dude's face once (yes, my girlfriend is terrified to go the movies with me). But as funny as film's premise is, GOD BLESS AMERICA does lose its appeal quickly.

In truth, I agree with ninety-nine percent of what Frank says in this movie, but the problem here is that Frank isn't saying these things, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait is. These are his views and it's painfully obvious that he's ranting. I don't mind a social commentary or two dropped into a film, but for God sake dress it up like something else and don't be so "in your face" about it. FALLING DOWN shared a similar plot, but was more psychological. It wasn't a "feel good" movie by any stretch, but neither is this one, despite the happy go lucky tone they try to force down our throats. Cancer is a drag, I get that and agree wholeheartedly, but it doesn't justify murder no matter how big of a douche the person standing in front of you is. They really push for a THELMA & LOUISE/ MICKY & MALLORY duo here, but aside from the murder, things just get weird when sexual innuendos start popping up.

GOD BLESS AMERICA is more an attack on society's fade to black than it is a film. There's fun to be had for sure, but my suspension of disbelief has its limits. For one, you can't go around killing people these days (without masks, sorry Frank but your Miss Daisy hat doesn't count) without getting face recognition for one. There's no way these two would've gotten as far as they did, and that's not me being a hater, it's simply reality. And the payoff you ask? Forget about it, cause it ain't there. I won't ruin it, but it's a pretty big letdown. There was a interesting idea here, but they failed to mold it into anything valid, engaging or even entertaining (aside from the chuckle or two you have at the demise of various A-holes). I'm as cynical as the next guy and love me some noir comedy, but this just doesn't make the cut.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Bobcat Goldthwait, Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr are having a blast (couldn't help it) with this commentary and it shows. Again, I agree with where they're coming from, but it's just too damn hard to get on board the way they present it.

Behind the Scenes: Killing with Kindness: Not nearly as fun as it sounds, this is just closer look at the film production via interviews from cast and crew. You can tell that even they're freaked out by some of the stuff captured in this movie.

God Bless TV: Deleted and Extended Scenes: More faux reality TV commercials and the like and they're just as funny as the ones featured in the film.

Outtakes: Two words, short and awful.

Interview with Bobcat Golthwait, Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barre: This is where it gets good. These guys know the can of worms they've opened and put it all on the table in a humorous and clever fashion. I applaud they're candor and integrity even if I don't agree with the overall process.

Roxy & Frank Music Video: A dry tune set the beat of stills from the movie. Yay.

Previews: There's a handful of trailers and some HDNET promos for the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I really enjoyed the first half hour of this movie and then it just went off the deep end and my tired brain ran out of both excuses and justification for these characters and their shenanigans. On the flip side, I think a night of talking shop with Bobcat over an insane amount of booze and an illegal substance or two would be an absolute crack-up.
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