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…
I'm proud to say that this is the most I've ever related to a serial killer. Alice Cooper is god and Tara Lynne Barr is perfect.
crítico e cítrico.
I am really getting what Bobcat Goldthwait is selling.
I can't wait to see what he puts out next.
This is one of his earliest and I found it a bit sluggish. I got a little bored between the scenes with action or key dialogue.
That being said, his dark humor and true heart is still present and shining through.
Not his best, but unique and with a watch.
This is more fun than killing yourself, right?
I love dark satires. The darker, the bleaker, the better. Here's the thing though, if you look at the greatest satires ever made in film they all have at least one thing in common; they are NOT constantly reminding you that you are in fact watching a satire.
I was on board with the beginning of God Bless America when good old Frank started with his first rant about what was wrong with America as I think anyone with two brain cells to rub together would agree with everything he had to say... but then the film just goes nowhere.
It's basically saying... well... these people over there are shit so…
I was starting to have a bit too much fun with this film. It seemed almost like a stress reliever, watching people you despise get attacked. While I was having fun at the beginning, I wasn't having enough to gloss over the repetitious nature and logically flawed plot of this movie.
A middle aged man and a high school teenager go on a cross country killing spree, ridding the world of assholes, one self-absorbed piece of shit at a time. Really enjoyed this.
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Funnier than your average Hollywood comedy. It doesn't say anything particularly earth-shattering, just the obvious, but the dialog has a keen edge. The cinematography is impressive considering the content. As for the premise, it's an interesting thought that it may be less likely for a movie like this to be made than it is for something like this to happen in real life. Well, it's a thought.
Luckily I watched this without seeing the trailer or knowing what it was about. Although it becomes obvious fairly quickly it would've been a let down having seen the trailer. I've just watched the trailer and it shows too much. The start of the film is notably shocking (and kinda funny,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Devilishy dark, frightfully funny and shamefully honest, “God Bless America” is a great social black comedy that skilfully highlights the degradation of America’s ideology’s and decline in moral standards as prompted by a dumbing down of television and media.
Writer / director / comedian Bobcat Goldthwait once again tells a story that’s as close to the truth as it is to the knuckle, as we follow Frank , an insurance salesman who is infuriated by the state of the country (played with a cool mundane air by Joel Murray). He see’s a society in which being rude, selfish and inconsiderate is not just accepted, but promoted. Unable to fit in he soon descends into a frustrated depression which leads to…
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