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God Bless America (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 34

A darkly comic polemic on modern culture, God Bless America is uneven and somewhat this but the ideas behind this revenge fulfillment journey has primal appeal.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 13

A darkly comic polemic on modern culture, God Bless America is uneven and somewhat this but the ideas behind this revenge fulfillment journey has primal appeal.

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Frank (Joel Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Frank truly has nothing left to live for. But instead of taking his own life, he buys a gun and decides to take out his frustration on the cruelest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine -- starting with some particularly odious reality television stars. Frank finds an unusual accomplice in a high-school student named Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who shares

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Drama, Comedy

Bobcat Goldthwait

Jul 3, 2012

$0.1M

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It's about a terminally ill man who decides that if he is going to die, he is going to grab a gun and take a whole bunch of obnoxious people with him.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (8)
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This is no simple wish-fulfillment revenge fantasy. It's an indictment of us as viewers and tacit supporters of the cultural trash heap.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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The film features elaborate (and spot-on) parodies of mean-girl reality shows, YouTube nonsense and fatuous news reports but the people are thin and the plot meanders a bit.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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This funny, sick twist of social satire is certainly locked and loaded, even if its aim is sometimes off.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The real problem is there's just not enough plot on which to hang the message that mean people suck.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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In this "Falling Down" of pop-cultural observation, Goldthwait forgets the thrill of the chase; he's more concerned with piercing verbal barbs than actual suspense.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It takes dead aim at the culpability of hate-mongering politicians, the religious right and reality TV stars in making the United States the meanest, rudest country in the world.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

A brilliant, fearless, and merciless indictment of American culture, and how we've become the lowest common denominator

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America works well as a black comedy and as a satirical look at pop culture and human behavior.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

It's an intriguing satirical idea, and it works very effectively in places, while being tremendously didactic and heavy-handed in others.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Sicko one-trick pony film, whose black comedy is tiresome and mostly unfunny.

December 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Enjoyable, over-the-top, and nowhere near as black as the premise sounds, God Bless America is essentially an extended comic op-ed piece.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

It's a wonderful movie, spoofing and shooting all the worst things about our failing civilization, from the Tea Party, to vicious talk show hosts ...

November 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

If you can take that premise, I think you'll go along with the film and it's really, in its very weird way, quite funny.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's not that you don't sympathise with the characters' sentiments it is, though, that you can't actually go along with their agenda.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Gory, unfunny satire that deserves a prize for the most strained provocation of the year.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

God Bless America opens strong but finishes with a preachy bludgeoning.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Though hilariously funny and luridly hypnotic, God Bless America is quite possibly the angriest and saddest film of the last ten years.

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

A sobering comedy, a darkly comic tragedy and a socially valuable scream that demands our attention (and that of the Americans). He shows that deep down, for all the whoops of God Bless America across the nation, it's actually 'godless America'

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Although it promises much, the film ultimately fails to deliver the substance, with the stream of deadly bullets making a goddamn mess but never quite hitting the artery

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

For a movie that purports to be a statement about how mean-spirited and crass we've become, Goldthwait has no qualms piling on. Blowing a baby away with a 12 gauge - real or imagined - is about as bottom of the barrel as it gets.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

...any film that has the balls to show an incessantly crying baby being blown away with a shotgun will always, unequivocally, get my vote.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Comment (1)
The Aristocrat

[Goldthwait's] shown he has a knack for writing films with strange lead characters whose morals you will question, but whose exploits you will want to follow to the end.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

God Bless America is most effective as a big, loud 'f*** you' to those responsible for breaking the spiritual back and socio-political might of a great empirical democracy; the joke being that those responsible are the movie's key demographic.

August 20, 2012 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Murray and Barr make for winning platonic chemistry even when Frank suspects himself of impure thoughts. Goldthwait holds his nerve as the film shifts from ennui to malevolent gleefulness.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Embora não seja engraçado como acredita ser, a honestidade do roteiro em sua frustração com a futilidade contemporânea é algo refrescante em meio a tantos projetos sem personalidade ou ponto de vista.

July 17, 2012 | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for God Bless America

Really...let's glamorize people that want to shoot other people for annoying them. Wonderful...
December 28, 2013
itsjustme2004

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Upon hearing he has an inoperable brain tumor, mild-mannered Frank goes on a killing spree targeting reality TV stars, conservative talk show hosts, and others whom he sees as representing the worst of American mean-spiritedness; he's joined in his project by an outcast teen girl. Bobcat Goldthwait's angry but preachy black comedy is sort of an aging hipster version of Joel Shumaker's FALLING DOWN, but with zero subtlety. Frank doesn't speak in sentences, he speaks in editorials.
October 10, 2013
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Greg S

Super Reviewer

This is definitely a film that will divide people immediately, because between the satire and the black comedy, the violence and obvious lamentation of the lost American Way, director and writer Bobcat Goldthwait has a lot to say. Also none of it is positive. Maybe twenty years ago, but not now, not when there are so many differentiations and categories of annoying people doing annoying things in the world today. Picking each of these inane people off the face of that world turns into a revenge fantasy for main character Frank (Murray) and sidekick Roxy (Barr). Struck with the realization that his migraines are being caused by a giant death giving tumor, Frank begins a siege on the country by killing off all manner of horrible people, a teenager at his side, who may not be the best companion but has the same hate that fuels him. The satire isn't anything new, as we've seen in films such as "Idiocracy," but it's finely crafted here and takes its time rather than going for the worst scenario possible. What really triggers people's opinion of this film are the great monologues given by Frank on how exactly these people are playing into stereotypes, their false idyllic thoughts of the world, and their own annoying habits. They pick off religious zealots, singing competition judges, loud neighbors, reality starlets, and hate mongering television pundits, and these people are not dealt with for hateful reasons. Frank simply wants to know why people are so mean, stupid, or acidic when they could act better to one another and towards the world. Though the point is brought about thanks to gunfire, the film has an obviously positive point towards peace and understanding in the world, and the employment of common sense. It may be over the top, but it's an important, and very funny, film.
October 3, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

It's twisted and dark but it does an amazing job holding up a mirror to America and saying "This is you!". I thought God Bless America's ability to not hold back on the fantasy aspect of eliminating all of the annoying people was fantastic. It stuck to this idea and went all out with a large amount of casual violence. But it did have its flaws. The Roxy character (played by Tara Lynne Barr) felt like she was forced into the storyline just to keep the plot moving along and for Bobcat Goldthwait to express a lot of the petty things he is angry about. Also, it felt a lot like the film Super, but this was a lot more cynical than Super was. Overall- It's Bonnie And Clyde meets the now-a-days throwaway culture we live in. A film that sadly represents the dredges of pop culture and kicks its ass. Though we've seen the relationship aspect of the tale done much better before, we still get an enjoyable satire. Letter Grade: B
July 23, 2013
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Chris Miele

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    1. Frank: I really hate this country.
    2. Roxy: That's why we're moving to France.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (11 months ago)
    1. Roxy: Come on Frank, let's dance.
    2. Frank: I don't dance.
    3. Roxy: Come on , I'll lead.
    4. Office Staff: I doubt that.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (11 months ago)
    1. Frank: I don't care, I'm just glad he's dead.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (11 months ago)
    1. Roxy: This is more fun than killing yourself, right?
    2. Frank: I don't know. Yeah I guess.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (11 months ago)
    1. Frank: You're one pretty girl.
    – Submitted by Colin R (13 months ago)
    1. Frank: Yeah that's a fuckin' tragedy.
    – Submitted by Brian H (21 months ago)
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