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…
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.
Literally Reddit: The Movie
Es gibt wohl zwei Lesarten für diesen Film:
Einerseits kann man ihn als Sozialkritik verstehen, mit dem Ziel die Geschmacklosigkeit und Abgestumpftheit der Gesellschaft anzuprangern und dann dem geneigten Zuschauer den Spiegel vorzuhalten indem der Film sich selbstreferenziel als oberflächlich "Pulp-Fiction" entpuppt.
Oder man nimmt an das der Film sich dessen halt nicht bewusst ist und die Sozialkritik nur als schnelle Rechtfertigung nimmt um oberflächliche "Pulp-Fiction" zu zeigen.
So oder so: Es bleibt ein oberflächlicher Film. Die Motivation der Charaktere ist trotz geschwollener Dialoge unglaubwürdig und die bunte Action des Amoklaufs verfehlt es einen richtigen schwarzen Humor zu entwickeln, den sie aber benötigt hätte um zu funktionieren.
Die Zeit besser nutzen mit Falling Down
God bless them all
just a little too stupid to be considered as a good black comedy.
Disappointing. I've wanted to see this for a long time. While I agree with a lot of what the main character felt, it's too preachy.
Não é um bom filme, mas representa muito as minhas idéias quanto a sociedade.
I'm just very, very disappointed. It's a sad thing to see a genius filmmaker as Bobcat Goldthwait squander his abilities, and make a film that is mesmerizingly ugly from start to finish. God Bless America is a catastrophe. I'm a Syracuse guy, and I shouldn't be talking so harshly about anything Bobcat, but I'm sorry, this is just… really unpleasant. It's a comment about the hypocrisies, and downright cruelest aspects of American, capitalist society, and it fails miserably at making it's point worth thinking about. It obviously takes it's cues from Taxi Driver, Natural Born Killers and Falling Down; movies that focus on misfits who are disgusted with American culture, and become murderers. The difference between those movies and this…
"My name is Frank. That's not important. The important question is: who are you? America has become a cruel and vicious place. We reward the shallowest, the dumbest, the meanest and the loudest. 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.... We've lost our kindness. We've lost our soul. What have we become?"
-Frank (Joel Murray) and part of his speech at the climax
I figured it was about time I gave a proper review to this movie, one where I can understand why people would be against it, with its strong in your face viewpoint, how it…
I totally agree with many of the sentiments but it's amateurishly presented. I'm not sure how one would take all the things you hate about humankind and put them into a movie about spree killing them all without seeming heavy-handed and amateurish.
Depressing as fuck, but Jesus Christ the script is brilliantly written.
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