Release date: May 11, 2012
Written and Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait
Cast: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Melinda Page Hamilton, Mackenzie Brooke Smith
Running Time: 104 minutes
Bonnie and Clyde killed while robbing banks. Natural Born Killers‘ Mickey and Mallory killed for kicks. And now we get Frank and Roxy who kill because, well, they’re somewhat annoyed. While they hadn’t planned on taking out that many jerks, once you get into a habit, sometimes it can be damn near impossible to break. Like Angry Birds, for instance. Or angry trigger fingers.
God Bless America is Bobcat Goldthwait’s fourth feature – but calling it a film is a misnomer. It’s a soapbox, constructed as a solitary diatribe against today’s societally frenzied culture. Oddly enough, Goldthwait presents an ironic dichotomy: In his fervor to rail against multiple examples of media missteps, the filmmaker unintentionally delivers one of his own.
Mild-mannered Frank (Joel Murray) is having an amazing run of bad luck. His ex-wife is remarrying some young stud policeman, his daughter has turned into a screaming, prepubescent monster and now he’s lost his job. (He didn’t intend to; he only meant to be friendly toward the office’s receptionist, but she ran to his superior with accusations of harassment.) Piling it on, it seems that his ill-mannered doctor – who takes cell phone calls during patient consultations – has discovered that Frank probably has a fatal brain tumor. Which may be a good thing, considering Frank doesn’t have all that much to live for.
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