God Bless America Reviews
This is going down on a list of greatest quotes ever.
This takes a lot of what I hate about America and shoots it in the fucking face. Now don't get my wrong, I love my country. And this movie existing is one of the reasons. We have the power to criticize it. Think of this movie as a follow up to Natural Born Killers. While that was satire about how the media is poisoning the country, this is about attacking the public that fell victim to that poison. I love how easily this movie side steps which political party it lands on. Shoots them all but lets you know that I agree with things from both sides. What I'm really against is your complete lack of moral and human decency. This is one of those movies that you either are along with or you aren't, you get or you don't. If you get it, you wish that Frank had a few more monologues, if you don't, you'd think it was advocating random shooting sprees. And I'm finally glad that someone publicly spoke out about Juno and Diablo Cody. The script is great and Joel Murray's performance turns it into gold. Newcomer Tara Lynne Barr surprised me and I'm really excited to see what becomes of her after this. The relationship that the develop is really wonderful. There are some really sweet moments in this film between the two leads that feel like they should belong in another movie. But they work so well to develop this bond between them it only strengthens it. It isn't a huge film, without a large budget, but well made. It never falls victim to it's lack of money. With it's brilliant dialogue and good direction it's hard to believe that a guy who found fame in the 80's by talking weird made this. Really look forward to seeing what come's next from Bobcat Goldthwait.
Finally. A movie big enough to make to theaters that points out what is wrong with the American public.
The independent film has the dark humor that only some will enjoy. This is the only movie that can make you laugh during a suicidal scene. Murders are blatant and are not hidden whatsoever. This is a bold film.
The true star is Tara Lynne Barr. Barr plays Roxy, a 16-year-old with lots of energy, or "A.D.D. Juno," as Frank puts it. She isn't like most girls in her class. Instead of hanging out with the most popular girl in the school, Roxy secretly despises her and wishes she were dead.
At some points during the film, the script seemed bland and tasteless. Then again, some scenes have Frank go on long, moving speeches that will have one rethink his or her lifestyle. Frank points out the wrong in society, including bad television, hate groups, and people who talk in theaters.
"Why have a civilization anymore if we no longer are interested in being civilized?"
Overall, this is a great indie film. Every person with Netflix should give it a shot; it may just teach you something.