Tuesday, April 10, 2012
God Bless America
"God Bless America" is Bobcat Goldthwait's magnum opus that says... frankly, everything that needs to be said about our sick, sad culture. Good luck seeing it in theaters, because the run is very limited... and this is not surprising, because it spits in the eye of a lot of people while speaking for many of us. It is available on some On Demand services, so if you can see it that way, I recommend it. Still, considering some of the offensive crap that does get released you'd think a little social commentary rolled up with a lot of comedy would be on general release...
Joel Murray plays Frank. A a divorced middle aged man who has a brain tumor. Tara Lynn Barr plays Roxy, a sixteen year old girl with a huge chip on her shoulder. You know how Dexter Morgan kills other killers and pedophiles? Well, Frank and Roxy take out the rest of the trash. People who talk at the movie theater, one of those spoiled brats from "Super Sweet Sixteen" who throws a fit when she doesn't get the right $100,000 car for her birthday from her rich daddy, Fred Phelps stand-ins, anyone who makes a living spreading fear among the masses, people who watch "American Idol." Basically, the rude and the annoying. And don't shed any tears, everybody who got a bullet in this movie really had it coming.
Its exaggerated nature aside, "God Bless America" very accurately sums up how so many of us feel about the culture of narcissism, cruelty, greed, entitlement and general douchebaggery that we are forced to live in. Goldthwait hit the nail right on the head with this script and managed, eloquently and concisely, to give voice to a (thankfully) prevalent outrage and disgust. Everyone should be forced to watch this, especially kids. We live in a world where the cast of "Jersey Shore" and the Kardashians are role models. Damn right, everyone should watch this. No, I don't think anyone who enjoys this movie honestly approves of murder... even though, I admit, part of me wishes that the people who did make a living spreading fear to the masses had to live in fear of someone putting a bullet in them... not for the politics, as Frank made it clear he agreed with some of the O'Reilly stand-in's politics, but because they are just terrible people.
If you liked "Falling Down," see this movie. If you liked "Idiocracy," see this movie. If you liked "Zombieland," see this movie. If you liked "Leon," see this movie. It's the feel good movie of the year.