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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.
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…
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It may in the end provide itself with a good message, it provides that good message in such a grim and negative way..it ends up not working quite well. It's extreme violence just does not have the same effect as a film like "A Clockwork Orange" has. Acting was quite mediocre from the lead actress. Simply this film was too much and had much more "KILLING PEOPLE IS FUN!" than a social commentary aspect. In Conclusion, it was alright. One funny thing to consider about this film is the fact that the damage the two characters do won't even bring a huge spike in shooting's in USA.
I love the sentiment in this movie -- the frustration Frank feels at the deadening effect American mainstream culture has on an individual's humanity. And while there's some satisfaction in seeing these characters act out in rebellion, their dialogue and actions are too on the nose for my taste.
What I enjoyed more than the movie was Goldthwait's conversation with Pete Holmes about the making of it:
what a piece of shit movie
I just want to go up to the director and ask "are you okay?"
A few years on and I'm not quite as misanthropic to embrace this misanthropic film as wholly as I had before.
However I never embraced Tara Lynne Barr's performance as Roxanne, she remains the dud note in this film, an irritatingly perky and ungrateful indie pixie girl vainly disguised as a female character of substance.
Its still irritating that both leads are essentially voice pieces for Bobcat's observations on noughties America pop culture, but there are enough on point satirical elements to keep one engaged (If taken from vastly different times during the noughties - TMZ may still have been current in 2011 but a TV ad for a phone ring tone? I think that died out around 2004, didn't it?). Plus Joel Murray is a boss.
Welp, I won't be getting that hour and 44 minutes back.
This film started off quirky and fun as we experience the fantasies of a man strung out on the ignorance of society. Though what was something fun quickly turned into a drag and a bit of an annoyance. It becomes a bonding experience between this man and girl who go on a killing spree ridding the world of the so called "scum of the earth" (bitchy teenage reality star and her parents, rude teenagers in a theater, a right winged politician, etc).
Yeah okay, I get that this is a satirical comedy purposed for displaying the ridiculousness of contemporary American culture but it just plain sucked. It was predictable…
"God Bless America" ist ein Film für düstere Tage. Für Tage, an denen man, beispielsweise, exzessiv RTL geschaut hat – warum auch immer. Oder nach einem "Germany’s Next Topmodel"-Matathon. Oder nach zu viel "Berlin – Tag und Nacht". Wie auch immer, das Bild sollte klar werden.
"God Bless America" ist eine wütende Anklage gegen alles, was medial falsch läuft in der Welt, gegen dumme Fernsehsendungen, gegen Verblödung des Zuschauers, gegen reaktionäre Weltbilder. Dabei lotet der Film unter der Regie von Bobcat Goldthwait (ja, genau: Zed aus drei "Police Academy"-Filmen) aus, wie weit man als pechschwarze Satire gehen darf und zeigt, dass es doch kein alter Hut ist, das Mantra von der Grenzenlosigkeit der Satire zu wiederholen. So kommt es, dass…
Dumb, self-serving fun. Us rebels, am I right?
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