God Bless America MOVIE REVIEW

God Bless America

Title: God Bless America
Year: 2012
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy
Stars: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Maddie Hasson and Mackenzie Brooke Smith
Rating: ★★★½☆
Review by: Allan

“What would happen if people took the freedom of speech to the next level?”

Frank is not a happy man, his wife has left him, his daughter hates him, his neighbours are obnoxious idiots and he has just lost his job. Meanwhile television and radio appears to be full of hateful people either demanding their 15 minutes of fame or spouting their extremist prejudiced views and audiences across the country are just lapping it up. Upon hearing he has a terminal brain tumour Frank does what any man on the edge would do, load up his gun, jump in a stolen car and head out on a killing spree road trip. The shabby shoddy killer meets young runaway Roxy on his murderous travels and they join forces fast becoming infamous anti-heroes heading towards a certain successful singing contest TV show.

Never one to go the mainstream way with his films Bobcat Goldthwait’s dark black comedy is practically a one joke movie, stupid individuals that take pleasure from others misfortunes don’t deserve to live. The first five minutes with a blood soaked killing spree sets the tone for most of the subsequent slightly too long 100 minutes. There is some evil pleasure watching arguably easy targets get their comeuppance. Reality stars, right wing news presenters, religious nut jobs and the worst of them all – people who talk in cinemas.

At the centre of it all is the oddly sweet relationship between Frank and Roxy played brilliantly by Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr. He is a smart put upon man who dreams of a better America. She is a smart, witty young woman who demands not to fall into the standard stereotypes of her generation. Taking on almost Bonnie and Clyde persona’s its clear that this pair know the end is practically inevitable.

It will not be a film for everyone and the aforementioned opening 5 minutes will probably determine ones enjoyment of God Bless America. There is a fair amount of preaching and it’s a sensible message wrapped up in a blood stained satirical script. Chances are it won’t stop the never ending parade of idiotic self centred “reality” television stars but it is quite cathartic to view fictional versions getting blown away.

In conclusion, a bit of an acquired taste wish fulfilment movie for people that have better things to do on a Saturday night than watching bad karaoke on TV.

God Bless America MOVIE REVIEW

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