God Bless America (2011)
Bobcat Goldthwait is best known for his high pitched ravenous stand-up comedy routines and films. After three films about alcoholic clowns, bestiality and autoerotic asphyxiation, Shakes the Clown, Sleeping Dogs Lie and World’s Greatest Dad respectfully. Bobcat Goldthwait has finally made his fourth film God Bless America and to nobodies surprises it’s about killing people, mainly rude radio host, reality TV stars and singing competition contestants.
After finding out that he has a brain tumor, Frank (Joel Murray) decides to take out all his frustrations on an ungrateful and spoiled teenager named Chloe (Maddie Hasson) who he saw on a reality TV show. After stealing his loud and obnoxious neighbor’s car, Frank drives to Chloe’s school and kills her. He then drives to a hotel room where he planned to kill himself but is stopped by Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) who witnessed him kill Chloe and believes that he should continue to kill. Convinced, Frank and Roxy start out on a killing spree that sees them both drive around the country taking out all who in their eyes deserve to die.
God Bless America is an unflinching and hilarious take on modern day America, while giving the viewers a feeling of personal fulfillment. The whole film takes a very dark route as it examines the down-side of America and satires everything from reality TV to gay-bashing churches. Goldthwait has fashioned a film that is as ballsy and creative as his other films. Although Goldthwait might take a predictable aim at his targets, it still remains fresh and exciting and exciting to watch.
Murray does a great job as Frank, a sick, tired and aging man who has a growing problem that he can’t seem to elude. His presences grow as the movie progresses and from a depressed man to a father like figure. Barr’s performance takes the film up a notch and gives it a lighter touch. Her spunky and out of control character established that adolescent feel that the movie cares around. Both Murray and Barr pull off easy to like characters that are somewhat off in their judgment but none the less likeable in their approach.
God Bless America takes a brave stance against the banality of America and the growing bovinity of the American people. Although the film can take a ridicules turn at times, it always manages to straighten its self out. Ultimately this is not a film for everyone but I would recommend this movie to anyone that likes Goldthwait stand-up comedy or his movies, 3 ½ out of 5.