These are films reviewed on the cult movie podcast Junk Food Dinner ( www.junkfooddinner.com/ ).
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…
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.
There are only a handful of comedians who’ve successfully transcended their roles to become something much more important to society. The late great Bill Hicks was the master of satirising society’s ills and highlighting pop culture as a capitalist tool to keep the masses docile and subservient. The equally late and indeed great George Carlin would revile the religious and political ideologies of the world as the self-serving agendas they so often are with a level of bewilderment and world-weariness that was as thought-provking as it was hilarious. In fact, it’s these great comic writers that have often served as a much-needed reminder that life is “just a ride” – and we’d be much better off caring for our fellow…
"We no longer have any common sense of decency. No sense of shame. There is no right and wrong. The worst qualities in people are looked up to and celebrated. Lying and spreading fear is fine as long as you make money doing it. We've become a nation of slogan-saying, bile-spewing hatemongers. We've lost our kindness. We've lost our soul. What have we become? We take the weakest in our society, we hold them up to be ridiculed, laughed at for our sport and entertainment. Laughed at to the point, where they would literally rather kill themselves than live with us anymore."
It's a rant movie, but it's a fairly well-made rant movie I enjoy watching.
i watched this almost two years ago and i still think about how much i hate this
Sehr guter gesellschafts kritischer "Bonie und Clyde"-artiger Remake
Never mind the fact that this goes downhill after a stunning first act that is funny, bleak, and surprisingly touching, Bobcat Goldthwait's satire about the dumbing down of America is damn good.
Despite the characters acting as mouthpieces to spew reams of dialogue about how reality TV and cable news are destroying the country, many of the points hit. Much of this credit goes to Joel Murray for bringing a wounded soul to his everyman pushed too far. Who knew he had the chops to pull off what he does here?
It's crude and blunt, but I was impressed by the passion and anger Goldthwait put into the film. Between this and World's Greatest Dad, he's showing himself to be a filmmaker of deep cynicism who still seems to hold out hope that some people can make the choice to be better to their fellow man.
Stopped after a half hour.
Sure, I agree with the politics of this movie. I hate reality TV and the values we've lost as a society.
But... yawn. Nothing surprising here, nothing fresh.
Cute, a Euro style American film; Harald and Maude meets natural born killers
As if Network and Idiocracy had a baby
La premisa es mejor que la ejecución. Lo mejor, el truculento placer de ver como elimina lacras de la sociedad.
I liked the cultural parodies, and while I was on board for the most of the speeches, it's still literally just Mr. Goldthwait standing upon his soapbox, rant rant ranting. I get it, it's wish fulfillment. I think it should have went further.
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