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.
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…
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.
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.
You know what really grinds my gears?
Much as I agree with pretty much the two protagonists say in the film, I wouldn't react the way they did... or, indeed, make a film about it.
Definitely had mixed feelings about this film. Not entirely sure how to express those feelings or what to say.
Wish I could remember my review for this--I have a feeling it was pretty scorching.
To be updated if I ever revisit this.
not very realistic they didn't even get a realistic chloe grace
Reading the reviews I see that either I misunderstood this film, or people mostly missed what Goldthwait meant with this film. In my opinion misanthropy is just the first layer of the plot, and the joke of the film is actually on the main character. That look on Murray's character face when he realizes, that the girl that shares his outlook on the world is just angst-riddled, rebellious teenager, says a lot. The best 'discussion starter' film for me in a while.
if you are going to make an edgy movie please at least make it edgy
I saw this movie when it first came out and loved it. Firstly this is Goldthwait at his darkest; Goldthwait is one the kings of black comedy and this movie is overflowing with his signature style. The first ten minutes is a dark comedy gem. Sadly he fails to sustain that throughout the whole film. By about the forty five minute mark this movie becomes really preachy. Scenes seem to exist just so Goldthwait can rant about something he hates. The scene in the hotel where they literally spend five minutes listing things that they dislike is one of the dumbest scenes I've seen in quite some time. Along with that our lead character has many monologues where he is…
More of a mouth-piece than a movie, it doesn't quite live up to Goldthwait's previous films. It sacrifices character and story for a stream of complaints that sound more like a crotchety old liberal than these two people. Still, it has its moments and will definitely hold your attention for it's 90 minute running time.
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