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.
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…
Started out kinda funny then turned into "Kill Bill" 'ish. So wasn't that bad. But the shooting sprees where a bit much like stuff that's going on now.
A dark comedy a wonderful film by a true visionary director
A must watch
The teenage me would have thought this was amazing social commentary. At the very least, it was a humorous reminder of why I haven't been living in the United States for over five years now. I miss a lot of foods, but little else.
I feel like this could have been so much better if there were less speeches. We know the man's motives right from the beginning. He is disenchanted by modern America. I just believe everybody is completely familiar with the way things are. This film holds your hand and it was completely unnecessary.
I give one extra star for the Juno dig. Only because nobody's reflected the same feelings that I have towards that movie.
I hate this movie w/a passion of 1000 burning suns.
The first 25 minutes were bleak, dreary & dark w/a sense of satire on modern American culture that was apt. I was going to look forward to a man on the edge w/nothing to lose act out his strongest sociopath tendencies in a final blaze of glory. Instead, I got a psychopathic teenager shoehorned into the mix to join him on this journey. Killing any great flow the film had and instantly made it as repugnant as all the crap it wanted to stop. Figures. Fuck this movie. Fuck everything it says. Fuck Goldthwait's agenda of needing morals & good values back in the US. No, there's evil places out there that…
This movie cracks me up in such an awful way.
God Bless America is the kind of film that 18 year old me would have enjoyed and that's not a good thing.
God Bless America is a muddled film if nothing else. It combines the liberal "why can't people be nicer to each other?" sensibility with the conservative "things were better back in my day" sentimentality. Frank Murdoch (Joel Murray) harks back for better days where "people were kinder" but I am left wondering when exactly this was. Murdoch makes a point about reality television, but it falls flat in its execution. Murray is a fantastic actor, but unfortunately even his performance here can't save the script.
God Bless America ends up being the kind of film that it rails…
The first time I saw this I really liked it. I'm partial to the rants, agreeing (or at least appreciating) them more than not. And, to be blunt, I've had this fantasy before. Yet, something about it this time seemed almost... immature. Like the film's morality wasn't fleshed out enough to realize the hypocritical nature of it's protagonists' actions. It hints at it a few times, mostly just small ironic moments, but its never outright acknowledged. It's like it was written by an angsty teenager who lacked introspection.
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