Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
God Bless America
Taking out the trash, one jerk at a time.
Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant in this black comedy.
This piece of wank is incredibly similar to finding yourself trapped in a conversation about 'politics' with an 18 year old who's just stumbled across Chomsky, wears anarchy and Che Guevara t-shirts, and thinks Tom Morello is protest music...
... Its heart is sort of approaching the right place, and you don't really want to discourage it too much, but what you'd really love is for it to just shut the fuck up and go bother somebody else.
What a shitty little film this is. I was an admirer of Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad but this follow-up is utter drivel. If it is supposed to be a black comedy or biting satire then he sadly missed the mark as this is simply a rant-filled bore as two detestable shits wreak bloody vengeance on the easiest targets imaginable.
A man, diagnosed with a terminal illness, teams up with a precocious teenage girl to rid society of its most horrible citizens. Frankly they should have just turned the guns on themselves and done everybody a favour. Goldthwait’s targets are obvious and broad from reality TV stars, gay-hating Christians and right wing news anchors. All get their comeuppance but not…
Satire is a very difficult thing to get right. God Bless America manages to get it perfectly right for the first 30 minutes after which it unfortunately decides to go for the cheap shots and the easy way out. The predictable plot suffers because of it as it loses its crispness that had my interests peaked at the beginning of the film.
Bobcat Goldthwait's film tries to say a lot but does too little to say it cleverly. See, the problem is, when you turn satire into farce, drama into melodrama and reality into larger than life, it loses all of its power and the message it tries to convey gets lost in its own style. And it is a…
When you watch a black comedy you still expect the odd laugh or two among what is essentially a satire on the changing face of modern American culture. Director Bobcat Goldthwait instantly goes for shocks here with the opening fantasy scene where our protagonist Frank (Joel Murray) takes a shotgun to his noisy neighbors and their crying baby. I must admit from there on I expected more of the same, but what we got was more sermonizing about the ills of modern America focusing on easy targets that instill our annoyance.
When a middle-aged man loses his job, gets diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, he sees suicide as the only way out until he has an epiphany. After watching…
A media and political satire, a black comedy, and a story of an unlikely friendship, "God Bless America" is ultimately about noise. It is about the unending rivers of noise spewed by talk radio, bad television, demagogues, the miseducated, and the uneducated; and the film is built around what happens when people decide that they have had enough of this noise.
This is a violent yet funny film, and it is definitely not for everyone. Like most satires, it trades real heart and earnestness for comically stylized jabs at its target. The film clearly, effectively, and, sometimes, disturbingly makes its point, but fails to come up with a resolution that results in anyone turning down the noise.
Fails miserably by taking the side of the ‘protagonist’ unconditionally and, as a comedy, by being inherently unfunny. Sickening.
'God Bless America' often has difficulty figuring out whether or not it's supposed to be taken as a serious satire, a black comedy, or a care free action fest. Although, much like its cynical main characters, it doesn't seem to really gives a shit what it is.
Some might find that aggravating. I... can roll with it if I'm in the mood. It really is a testament to the main performances that I was able to sit through such nastiness. The characters themselves are a bit archetypal, but the two leads give them a nuance and levity that offsets the cheery depictions of mowing down the most annoying people you've always fantasized about mowing down.
The film kinda doesn't work…
No Falling Down, but not bad.
Heavy handed? For sure, but I enjoyed it. Joel Murry was great as the jaded and worn Frank.
Hot fucking garbage. An appalling film about wanton murder that has the balls to pretend it's a morality tale. Not just sophomoric, not just heavy handed, but /offensively/ self-righteous.
A guy who's terminally ill shoots a bunch of people because they have different opinions to him. Somehow a loli gets involved. Self-righteous as fuck, and not in a good way.
A perfect bite out of the current state of pop-culture, "God Bless America" not only says and does what a majority of the population is thinking, but it does so in a realistic and justified manner. Following a similar progression to the classic "Bonnie & Clyde", this social statement film does fall off into inexplicable rants to get its point completely across, but never wavers into the deranged or psychotic, and leaves the motives strictly surface level.
The characters were likable, the speeches about the downfall of society we're right on the nose, and as a left-wing liberal myself, I agree with the basic intent, everyone's trash. Fuzzy on whether the killing is justifiable but really into the idea.
Some very mixed reviews bounding around about this film.
I thinks it's great. Great script, great leads and a great chemistry between them.
Pitch black comedy that might lose its point about the awfulness of American culture in the volume of complaints the characters have: why high fives, for example? And I think it's not sure whether it agrees with its characters or not, so the focus at times seems a little broken. Still, good dark satire is hard to come by, and Goldthwaite is successful more than he's not.
So what do I watch next? This is to take the place of the sadly too brief Netflix Random Button…