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.
Enjoyed this flick quite a bit, despite it being entirely too heavy handed.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and this is a complete mystery to me but I am pretty sure this film doesn't have a profit margin, based on the fact it only took roughly $120,000 at the box office and to be honest this title is to good not to have at least maybe a half million dollars for a profit margin or takings at the box office and I should just point out the subject matter of this film title is incredibly dark so please be careful on who you show this film to. The plot is as follows, the audience firstly sees and hears this couple frankly talking about irrelevant standard topics which have no…
It doesn't hit that sweet dark comedy spot like I thought it would. The main leads do their job well but there isn't a lot to go on with a plot this silly (killing the mainstream over-obnoxious Americans). It's still worth a watch, probably better with your friends than alone.
You should watch the first half hour of this movie. It's really great. If you stop there, whatever, but totally watch the first bit.
Ich mag den Film. Manche meckern, weil er so undifferenziert ist, aber differenzieren sollte man das selbst können. Neben der nicht unangebrachten Sozialkritik und den ausgelebten, befreienden Gewaltfantasien, ist 'God Bless America' auch ein Film voller Schönheit. Voller Freiheit, dem Streben nach Glück und einem wunderbaren Soundtrack. Nicht jedermanns Sache, aber ein Film, den man gesehen haben sollte.
It's humorous as a black comedy, but the "insight" about modern American culture is delivered far too clumsily to be taken seriously. The premise gets old really fast, the caricatures of reality TV stars and media personalities are way too over-the-top, and the paper-thin attempts at satire or social commentary are sorely lacking in subtlety.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie makes you laugh by showing you what you may have thought about doing while stuck in traffic on a hot summer day with no air conditioning and the guy on the side of you is screaming at your face... Oh, they made a much better movie like this already ('Falling Down').
This movie quickly losses its charm and just gets boring.
Pretty good, but not great, movie which seems to have tapped directly into my own fantasies for some of its wish-fulfillment episodes. I derived four star enjoyment, but it's a three star movie.
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