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Review: God Bless America

God Bless America
05.09.2012
100%
7 10

PLOT: Frank (Joel Murray) has had it. Tired of his nagging ex-wife, his cell-phone addict daughter, his noisy, moronic neighbors, and his idiotic co-workers, Frank realizes that they’re all victims is the increasingly inane pop-culture that now dominates North America. After watching an insufferable, Paris Hilton-style teenager on a show called ‘My Super-Sweet Sixteen’, Frank snaps- going so far as to hunt the reality show star down, and kill her. One of her school-mates, the rebellious Roxy (Tara Lynn-Barr) catches Frank in the act, and convinces him to continue his killing spree, with the two embarking on a cross country rampage, targeting reality show stars, fear-mongering news hosts, and your average asshole.

REVIEW: Bobcat Goldthwait. As a child of the eighties, I grew up watching the Bobcat in flicks like ONE CRAZY SUMMER, the POLICE ACADEMY movies, and even HOT TO TROT (opposite a talking horse voiced by John Candy). How could I have known that the inane vehicles he was slapped into were about as far from his naturally dark humor as he could get, with the great SHAKES THE CLOWN being our first insight into the real Bobcat.


Following the underrated WORLD’S GREATEST DAD (in which SPY KIDS’ Darryl Sabara gave the comedic performance of the year), Bobcat turns his attention to something that has become the bane of every intelligent person’s existence. Fuckin’ reality TV. Grrrr…how I despite this shit. REAL HOUSEWIVES OF “who the fuck cares”, AMERICAN IDOL, anything with Paris Hilton or the Kardashians, what the hell has happened to our society that this is considered entertainment?

Bobcat turns his incisive humor on these phenomena, which is dumbing down North American’s at an alarming rate. Bobcat’s road odyssey of violence is one of the funniest films of the year, and anyone who dug WORLD’S GREATEST DAD will get a kick out of this.

As the terminally-pissed off hero, Joel Murray (Freddy “I wet my pants” Rumsen from MAD MEN) is superb, with his anger at the dumbing down of his country being understandable. How many of us have been in his shoes? In a way, Murray acts out our own darkest fantasies, knocking off the talentless reality show stars that are poisoning pop culture. However, they’re not the only target, with a Glenn Beck-style fear-mongerer making a well-deserved target midway through.


GOD BLESS AMERICA is exactly the kind of comedy we need. It’s funny- in an incredibly dark way, but it also turns a critical eye on the many problems within our society, mainly that we’ve become a culture that makes the dumbest, most inane of us celebrities. This is all so we can feel superior, but in the process, we send a horrible message to the younger generation that, frighteningly, aspire to be the next Paris Hilton, or Kate Gosselin.

If GOD BLESS AMERICA has a flaw, it’s this. After a knock-out opening forty-five minutes, the film starts to take its own message a little too seriously, and whenever the melodrama started to creep in a bit, the film lost its edge. However, this is minor, as whenever it goes off the rails, it always gets back on track. The blood-bath climax, taking place at an AMERICAN IDOL-style competition, is a classic, and assures GOD BLESS AMERICA a cult following. But is that enough? To be, GOD BLESS AMERICA seems like a necessary film, with Bobcat presenting us with a very sobering message through comedy at it’s blackest. GOD BLESS AMERICA encourages us to take a long, hard look at ourselves, and what we enjoy. It’s hope is that next time we stumble on something like TMZ, we asks ourselves, “is this really good enough for me to spend time watching?” For TMZ, the answer is hell no, but for GOD BLESS AMERICA, the answer is hell yes.

Source: JoBlo.com

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6:31AM on 09/22/2011

Goldthwait is a surprisingly good director

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie and World's Greatest Dad were really offbeat but not without charm and heart
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie and World's Greatest Dad were really offbeat but not without charm and heart
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11:49AM on 09/22/2011
Okay, this sounds like the kind of movie I need to see. I work in a grocery store and I'm sick of those fucking magazines spouting gossip about people I don't even know who they are. And people buy that shit.

Oh, and World's Greatest Dad was one of the darkest comedies I've seen lately. Great work by Robin Williams.
Okay, this sounds like the kind of movie I need to see. I work in a grocery store and I'm sick of those fucking magazines spouting gossip about people I don't even know who they are. And people buy that shit.

Oh, and World's Greatest Dad was one of the darkest comedies I've seen lately. Great work by Robin Williams.
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12:59PM on 09/22/2011
YES! Now this sounds like a great movie.
YES! Now this sounds like a great movie.
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10:00PM on 09/22/2011
sounds awesome. and i need that sweater
sounds awesome. and i need that sweater
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7:22PM on 04/07/2012

God Bless America

I just watched God Bless America and I think it's awesome and great!
I just watched God Bless America and I think it's awesome and great!
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7:19AM on 05/09/2012

Just watched it last night...

and it's brilliant. Joel Murray, phenomenal. easily in my top 5 of the year... i highly recommend it. (just don't take it so seriously...)
and it's brilliant. Joel Murray, phenomenal. easily in my top 5 of the year... i highly recommend it. (just don't take it so seriously...)
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10:25AM on 05/09/2012

Bobcat Goldthwait FTW

With this, World's Greatest Dad and Sleeping Dogs Lie, Goldthwait is my favorite comedic director currently working.

PS Bobcat Goldthwait also has a new stand-up special on Showtime called "You Don't Look the Same Either." Fuckin' hysterical. If you're a fan of Patton Oswalt or Louis CK, you'll love it...
With this, World's Greatest Dad and Sleeping Dogs Lie, Goldthwait is my favorite comedic director currently working.

PS Bobcat Goldthwait also has a new stand-up special on Showtime called "You Don't Look the Same Either." Fuckin' hysterical. If you're a fan of Patton Oswalt or Louis CK, you'll love it...
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1:02PM on 05/09/2012
I just marked this mother fuckin movie down on my list to watch. Sounds great.
I just marked this mother fuckin movie down on my list to watch. Sounds great.
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