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God Bless America [Blu-ray]

Joel Murray , Tara Lynne Barr , Bobcat Goldthwait    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some People Deserve To Die – Fact! Nov. 12 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
This brilliant film is in the ‘Falling Down’ genre, but is all about modern America or more correctly society and how it has gone south in the being nice and decent department. Frank has landed in middle age, he is divorced, has a daughter who would have been great in ‘The Exorcist’, without coaching, neighbours that have taken ‘red neck’ and made it their own, a job he gets fired from and his doctor has just told him he is going to die.

As he contemplates not wanting to live he gets pushed over the edge by a reality TV show where a spoilt rich girl gets to be on prime time just because she is rich, pretty and a total biatch. So he drives down to where she is for some not so random justice. That is where he meets Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) and she wants to join him in killing as many people as they can who, quite simply, deserve to die. When you start to think of the categories of people that fit into that, not so exclusive ‘death list, it actually become a big job. Frank is just tired of reality television, selfish, rude people, the right wing single issue politics and pure toxicity of the moronic pop culture that is ruling and ruining the world, and God bless him for that. She hates high fives, racists, homophobes and religious bigots, plus a few more that she can enunciate with the language of a street walker – brilliant.

This is funny, intelligent, well acted and just a great ride. Joel Murray (‘The Artist’) is outstanding as Frank, the reluctant gun wielding guy, just asking people to be nice to each other. The soundtrack is great too with a lot of original material for the film, and it all hangs together brilliantly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comic relief - just shooting off a little steam Nov. 10 2013
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
When I am force into the morning rush hour and have to listen to talk radio just to get the traffic report I will always think of this movie.

Frank (Joel Murray) gets fed up with reality TV and the rest of the trash programs that pose as entertainment. He gets an opportunity to correct the worst of it. Young Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) observing the cure forms a mission in her mind. Is it possible that this daring duo in the style of Bonny and Clyde can actually correct the ills of American entertainment or will they escape to France?

The film drags at first trying to get us involved in Frank's world. But you are ether in or out to begin with. Soon it starts to pick up speed as the mission is formed between Frank and Roxy. Eventually coming to a predictable and satisfying end (be sure to listen to his ending diatribe); no surprises here.

Just a lot of fun kibitzing.
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64 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobcat keeps getting better. I loved this movie but it is not for everyone. An extreme "Falling Down". I say A May 6 2012
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
"I know it's not normal to want to kill, but I also know that I am no longer normal." Frank (Murray) has almost had it. He is tired of reality TV, he gets fired from his job for looking up a co-workers address and just found out he has terminal cancer. He decides to end it all but right before he does he sees something on the TV that changes his mind. I must start by saying I loved this movie, but it is not for everyone. Bobcat is getting better and better as a director and writer. I have really like "Sleeping Dogs Lie" and "World's Greatest Dad" but I think that this is his best one yet. I can best describe this by calling it an extreme version of "Falling Down". Without sounding too un-PC or getting the FBI after me Frank in this movie does things some of us want to. Especially those who hate reality TV and are sick of the people on it. I am not advocating what is done in this but I did get a sense of relief knowing I'm not the only one. The acting is good but the writing is great. I highly recommend this but you must not be the type that offends easy. If you are and watch this...you were warned. Overall, Bobcat's best movie yet and one of the year's best comedy's. I give it an A.
41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Falling Down" meets modern culture June 5 2012
By Frasis - Published on Amazon.com
Yes, it's preachy, but also tremendously intelligent and meaningful. Among a sea of shallowness, G.B.A actually has something to say. "Let's be more civil" is the theme here, and it's presented in the most graphic and blunt way possible. It does have some structural problems, but if it lacks cohesion, I believe it's because it ultimately succeeds in being one-hundred percent honest. Also, Joel and Tara should appear in way more movies. They are great actors (especially Joel) and so unsung...
It's great, but not for everyone, and Bobcat doesn't care. That's commendable in this day and age. He wants to insult Glee and Diablo Cody (I hated "Juno" for the same reason he does)? He does. He can't be bothered to care if someone won't like it or aiming for universal appeal thus stripping the movie out of all pottentialy controversial opinions or moments. And, boy, does this have them...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hate reality shows, Wesboro Baptist Church or Glen Beck...then you're gonna love this movie April 6 2012
By moshguy - Published on Amazon.com
Are you one of those people who feel ill when exposed to reality televison? Did you watch the moive Idiocracy and think, "This isn't just a movie, it's a prophecy." Do you let idiots win arguments because it just isn't worth it to waste the oxygen? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then I highly recommend that you watch God Bless America.

God Bless America has to be one smartest films I've seen in years. This isn't some generic garbage that Hollywood poops out, with the intention of pleasing everyone...it's the exact opposite. This movie has a target audience, and you'll be 100% sure if you're that target audience, if you can make it past the first five minutes of the movie. If you can't make it past the first five minutes of this movie, I would suggest you go and enjoy some Jersey Shore reruns.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Comedy? This is as Black as it Gets May 29 2012
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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"God Bless America" is good, but for a reason many people will either find strange or disagree with entirely: It's a movie that needs to be there.

As some other reviewers have noted, "God Bless America" is more of a rant than a movie, but the ranting is the reason for the movie to exist. It's a statement embedded in good acting and pretty cinematography.

It features a plotline that is by no means wholly believeable (that never stopped anyone from making an episode of The Mentalist) and it is nothing *like* entirely pleasant (that never stopped anyone from watching an episode of The Mentalist) in which two alienated loners, a divorced middle-aged man and a too-clever teenaged girl, find one another and go on a killing spree that features representations from a rogue's gallery of American incivlity and mental degeneration; one that includes, among others, a Glenn Beck clone, a "God-hates-gays" preacher and a large sampling of the superficial, the cruel, the entitled and the merely rude.

It is a rant wrapped in a thin layer of movie that displays a very linnear, paint-by-the-numbers plot, the point of which makes the movie almost like something Brecht might have written were he alive today. Goldthwaite's story and how he tells it, like Brecht's, pushes the viewer back far enough to see the point: that we are so bombarded by multimillionaire media personalities vomiting nonsense, dwarf-tossers, infinitely entitled celebrities and the people who have given us the worst of YouTube, that our world is riddled by a media-fueled cancer of noise in which each tumor of diseased culture is replaced by the next one so quickly that horrible events driven by horrible people have become our norm and we cease to notice the presence of the disease, that things were ever otherwise, or to imagine that anything else is possible.

"God Bless America" is a black comedy that at times is not entirely funny, but that is nevertheless worth watching for its point.

If it *was* entirely funny, it would be part of the problem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses the Mark April 6 2014
By Andrew Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank (Joel Murray) just does not seem to have any luck in life. A divorcee whose daughter hates him, he lives next door to obnoxious and inconsiderate neighbors. Things go from bad to worse for Frank when gets fired from his job after a nonsensical sexual harassment complaint and then is diagnosed as terminally ill with a brain tumor by his rude doctor. He spends his evenings watching TV and is disgusted with the lowbrow quality of everything he sees. He is about to commit suicide when he changes his mind and instead goes on a mission to rid America of what he sees as the most hateful people. Along the way, he forms an unlikely friendship with teenage psychopath Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr).

To be sure, the film starts off quite promising. Even though Frank's predicaments are exaggerated for comedic effect, you do start to feel for him. His complaints early in the film about trash TV and the lack of kindness in society does make one stop and think and wonder if he really has a point. There are some pretty funny jokes throughout the film.

However, I felt the film was far from perfect. While watching it for the first time, I felt the film was getting pretty tired about halfway through. By this point, you already know what is going to happen as Frank and Roxy run around waving guns and shooting people they dislike. After the first time, the characters' soliloquies are too in-your-face and sound far too scripted. The film overall really lacks subtlety. Another complaint is the Roxy character. I thought she was paper-thin and she does not develop at all throughout the entire movie. Unlike Frank who has a general motivation for his actions, Roxy just seems to like being violent for the sake of being violent.

Many people have compared this film to 1993's Falling Down which is how it originally caught my eye. However, the similarities between the two films are only superficial. Both feature a laid-off and divorced main character who become disillusioned with the society they are forced to live in. However, Falling Down had a more gritty realism to it while God Bless America is far more over the top and violent.

Also included on this DVD are numerous bonus features including an audio commentary by director Bobcat Goldthwait and the two principal actors, some interviews, and a making-of documentary.

This movie was a mixed bag for me. While there is a decent message in there about its critique of modern American culture regarding lowbrow television, celebrity worship, and general rudeness, this message gets lost amongst excessive violence. It may be a violent fantasy film that I am sure will appeal to many people.
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