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God Bless America

April 7, 2012

Frank: Thanks for turning off your cell phone. 

God Bless America is a darkly comedic take on modern American pop-culture that is able to get a rise out of anyone who is sick and tired of all these dysfunctional and convoluted reality shows. What I found interesting about this particular film were the many similarities I found to Super, another wacky film featuring a somewhat similar pattern. They both feature an adult/child teaming up to fight “evil”, and the main protagonist’s name is Frank in both films. God Bless America is at its most entertaining when our two leads are blowin’ some jerk’s head off for minor offenses – including taking two parking spots or laughing at a disabled adult sing on an American Idol-like reality show. God Bless America is basically a giant “screw you” to tech-savvy Americans. 

What elevates God Bless America the most is writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait (yes, that’s a real name) and his ability to make us care for our supposedly nutty “protagonist.” I doubt it’s an easy task to have an audience root for a man who brutally murders younglings – unless you’re Anakin Skywalker. I suppose the way these pop-culture icons act [in the film] impedes the opinions of the viewer in a somewhat colossal way – giving one a whole lot to think about afterwords.

At one point in the film, Frank (Joel Murray) states how disgusted he is that millions of people are incapable of going five minutes without being notified of ridiculous celebrity gossip as if the world would end had you not found out that a famous person was eating a bagel at Starbucks. In addition to his thought-provoking script, Goldthwait produces some pretty entertaining violence throughout. For the first 45 minutes or so, we have a full-blown character study of a depressed man with a tumor, until he starts to lose it and imposes mayhem onto anybody “rude” or “inconsiderate”. Even with the tough subject matter, I found myself laughing quite a bit – mainly due to the hilariousness of 16-year-old Tara Lynn Barr, who has no problem spewing out the “c-word” every minute or so. 

Although I’ve already compared this to Super, I can’t help but discuss the many similarities to Natural Born Killers. While I’m well aware that the killing in NBK is purely for the purpose of murder, I felt as if the after-kill reactions in GBA were nothing less than akin to how the two leads acted – like f*cking lunatics. I don’t have any qualms regarding the relationship between our two maniacs – aside from one brief [and uncomfortable] scene that brings me back to a certain scene in Super that I believe we all remember. Regardless of any similarities, God Bless America has its own little sense of craziness that any viewer will eventually embrace. 

Like any violence-laden film (and The Muppets), we have a wonderfully delightful montage sequence – which turns out to be admittedly quite funny – as long as you can disregard the reality of the situation and subscribe to the ridiculous fashion of these two zany screwballs. Before I wrap things up, I have a few questions that will surely be answered should you choose to watch God Bless America: Have you ever been ticked off with the annoying group of teens talking and texting during a movie? Have you ever wanted to smack down those awful, awful reality show hosts that put their contestants through hell? Last but not least: When have you ever wanted to rid the society of these mindless a-holes? I don’t condone this behavior in the slightest, but it is a helluva good time watching it go down in a film. 

God Bless America is now available via On Demand, Youtube, and iTunes. Order today!

God Bless America: 4 out of 5

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. sanclementejedi permalink
    April 11, 2012 1:08 pm

    Nice review, I just saw the trailer for this the other day. This is actually going to hit theaters in the U.S. on May 11th. I look forward to checking it out on the big screen.

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