God Bless America


God Bless America

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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 his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. Together they embark on a nationwide assault on our country's most irritating celebrities. -- (C) Magnet Releasing

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Larry Miller
as Chloe's Dad
Geoffrey Pierson
as Frank's Boss
Dorie Barton
as Chloe's Mom
Lauren Phillips
as Ed's Wife
Guerrin Gardner
as Tampon Throwing Tuff Girl
Kellie Marie Ramdhanie
as Melissa, Tuff Girl
Aris Alvarado
as Steven Clark
Romeo Brown
as American Superstarz Host
Sandra Vergara
as American Superstarz Host
Jamie Harris
as American Superstarz Host
Alexie Gilmore
as Morning Show Host
James McAndrew
as Morning Show Host
Tom Kenny
as Office Staff
Eliza Coyle
as Office Staff
Jill Talley
as Office Staff
Joe Liss
as Office Staff
Bryce Johnson
as Co-Worker
Cameron Denny
as Office Worker
Danny Geter
as Mutual of Onodaga Security Guard
Leslie Noble
as Medical Building Woman
Regan Burns
as Michael Fuller
Bruce Nozick
as TMI Host
Orson Oblowitz
as TMI Flunky
Frank Conniff
as Stan Kurtz
Tom Lenk
as Party Planner #1
Jack Plotnick
as Party Planner #2
Morgan Murphy
as Fast Food Employee
Gilland Jones
as Girl Who Gets Shot in Movie Theater
Naomi Glick
as Girl Who Doesn't Get Shot in Movie Theater
Jacob Demonte-Finn
as Boy Who Gets Shot in Movie Theater #1
Carson Aune
as Boy Who Gets Shot in Movie Theater #2
Toby Huss
as Man with Cell Phone Who Gets Shot
Iris Almario
as Sophia Milo
Tony V.
as Pancake Eating Pedophile
Mo Gaffney
as Singing Waitress
David Mendenhall
as Roxy's Father
Steve Agee
as American Superstarz Crew Member
Christopher Doyle
as America Superstarz Security Guard Who Gets Shot
Kirk Bovill
as Police Captain
Michael Carbonaro
as Robbie Barkley
Philip Anthony Traylor
as American Superstarz Backdoor Security Guard
Paul Eliopoulos
as Reverend Goran
Mike Tristano
as Shady Gun Dealer
Lon Gowan
as Audience Member Who Runs and Doesn't Get Shot
Daniel Everson
as Audience Member Who Runs and Gets Shot
Samantha Droke
as Chloe's BFF
James Rustin
as Chloe's BFF
Nathan Kim
as Dancer
Brad Rowe
as Angry Protestor
Nate Scholz
as Paparazzi
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Critic Reviews for God Bless America

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (26)

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

    Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The satire feels hand-me-down and weak, and Goldthwait is firing blanks.

    Jul 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Goldthwait shows a knack for pin-pointing the sulphurous hues within the kaleidoscopic rainbow of alienation and frustration, but has sadly failed to paint any of them black.

    Jul 3, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • 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 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/4

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Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Really...let's glamorize people that want to shoot other people for annoying them. Wonderful...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Greg S
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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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