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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.
Literally Reddit: The Movie
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…
It's literally like Bobcat climbed in my brain and made a movie out of it.
The movie is funny and delivered on lots of rage fueled wish fulfillment (I've imagined shooting idiots who talk in movies many a time), but it also becomes a little preachy, and drags in places. Overall I dug what they were doing with it.
Filmic 2016 presidential election catharsis. Starts out well but heads downhill after that. Would have been better without the sidekick. Too over-the-top, even for a black comedy. The ending was anticlimactic.
Fun, good ideas and intentions, repetitive, use of a common formula ... oh and a great soundtrack.
God Bless the world.
For a movie about going on a reality star killing spree that stars Bill Murray's brother and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, it's surprisingly heartfelt.
I watched this to exorcise the bitterness that came with the news on Tuesday, to find some catharsis in seeing the cruel, bigoted, hateful, or just plain annoying punished. It's not the healthiest feeling, but one that can be soothed and diverted from further misery by a film of righteous anger for the wicked. So God Bless America can't have been that successful if instead it often lead to me rolling my eyes at its own expression of this feeling.
Part of it comes from the fact that even as a film made in 2011, it feels as if it is dealing with American culture of the early 2000s. When you're rejecting the real harmful and gross behaviour that is…
A film whose heart is in the right place but whose execution is detrimentally clumsy. The film seems to expect us to make the transition from agreeing with its ideas to enjoying the pointless carnage. I just couldn't do that. It's not that it was too extreme, it's that it was all so trite and formulaic. Something I'm still pondering: is the gun buying scene a rippoff off, or an homage to, Taxi Driver? My gut tells me it's the former.
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:
Step One: Go to www.random.org.
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…