God Bless America
God Bless America follows the story of Frank a middle-aged American citizen played by Joel Murray. He is middle-aged, divorced and may be suffering from life-threatening illness. Things become worse when he loses his long standing job and is forced to do nothing other than watch the quality of television currently pushing America into a downward spiral. So he makes up his mind to do something about it: Kill the people responsible. He is joined by a 16-year old girl, Roxy played by Tara Lynne Barr who shares his rage and hate for the people ruining society.
Some of you may recognize Tara. This is her from a couple of years back:
Tara Lynne Barr was a child actor for Disney and has appeared in several episodes of the ‘The Suite life of Zack and Cody’ as well as ‘Drake & Josh’. She has truly matured and is outstanding in her dialogue flow and expression.
Bobcat Goldthwait, a famous American actor and comedian isis the director for God Bless America. You might know him from his previous comedic films, Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006) and Worlds Greatest Dad (2009). In God Bless America, he parodies popular American television shows like American Idol, Jersey Shore and My Super Sweet 16. The dialogues delivered by Frank are brilliant and paint an honest picture of todays world.
Frank : Nobody talks about anything anymore. They just regurgitate everything they see on tv, or hear on the radio or watch on the web. When was the last time you had a real conversation with someone without somebody texting or looking at a screen or a monitor over your head? You know, a conversation about something that wasn’t celebrities, gossip, sports, or pop politics. You know, something important, something personal.
The movie though at some parts may feel a little disconnected but is engaging with individual scenes filled with dark humour and rage which make up for it. It is not a movie for everyone, and a certain few are bound to take offence to some violence in the movie, such as shooting a baby with a shotgun.
(I laughed out loud, but that’s just me.)
God Bless America is far from realistic but is one of the most satisfying movies I have ever watched. I would be lying if I said that I never felt like killing somebody on TV that really annoyed me. I’d kill half the Indian politicians for a start. This movie doesn’t move me to actually kill anyone, but it satisfies something in my subconscious. It appeals to the most primitive part of my being. And I love it.