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God Bless America [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Steve Agee, Iris Almario, Mackenzie Brooke Smith
  • Directors: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Producers: Angela Sostre
  • Format: Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Video Service Corp
  • Release Date: July 3 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007UW9WKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,309 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 12 2012
Format: DVD
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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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 10 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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
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
Format: DVD
"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
"Falling Down" meets modern culture June 5 2012
By Frasis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
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...
I loved it from minute one, but, I can't stress this enough, YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THIS PIECE DEPENDS ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU AGREE IDEOLOGICALLY WITH IT'S CREATOR.
100 of 129 people found the following review helpful
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
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
(2.5 STARS) One-Note Comedy That Has Much to Say, Little to Show Sept. 7 2012
By Tsuyoshi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Frank (Joel Murray), a lonely middle-aged man, diagnosed as terminally ill, embarks on a mission to get rid of those who he thinks are responsible for the moral decline in our modern society. Then Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), a girl who ran away from her home, joins his journey. Unlike in a certain Nicholas Cage film, they wear no mask or costume. Frank and Roxy are more like Bonnie and Clyde, though Frank looks much older than his counterpart.

The best part of "God Bless America" is not the killing rampage by the incongruous pair, however; it is Joel Murray's subtle performance as Frank before he turns into a killer, as a decent person whose life is slowly falling apart. His ordinary life is made unbearable by the people around him in a plausible way. Dejected Frank turns on TV. All he sees there is stupidity.

So far, the film is good. But once the protagonist starts killing, we feel something is not quite right with the film. I am not talking about moral codes. I know this is a comedy, or a satire. The problem is that the story is not just interesting. Their "mission" soon gets repetitious as "God Bless America" does not know where it is going.

The film also fails to develop the characters of Frank and Roxy. What is their relationship like, for instance? Father and daughter? Partners in crime? Or Humbert Humbert and Lolita? We don't know. True, the movie is generally well-acted, but the direction is heavy-handed at times. We are not sure whether we should laugh or not when the protagonist starts rambling monologue about what he thinks deserves punishment. Are we supposed to laugh with him, or at him?

And when he speaks, he speaks on and on, as if being the mouthpiece of the director Bobcat Goldthwait. Our hero's preachy attack on everything he dislikes (from "American Idol"-type reality shows to Diablo Cody and those who overuse "actually" in their conversation) is not only unfunny, but annoying, making us think: "If you don't like TV shows, why don't you stop watching them and read a book instead?"

Maybe Goldthwait is aware of this. Or maybe not. What we know is "God Bless America" could have been a more insightful and funnier movie than it is, a one-note comedy of which second half drags.


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