Release Date:July 3,2012
Right off the bat let me say this--God Bless America is a good movie. However, as much as its message is valid, its means of proving its thesis often hilarious, and its outcome pretty gruesome, one must wonder at the end of the day if the message isn't too hammered home and if the film doesn't expand enough upon its theme despite its extreme means of proving it. The film's views are pretty much summed up early on in a conversation between Frank and a douchy, pop-culture junkie co-worker and never really expanded upon beyond that conversation. Instead what we get, in a most entertaining manner, is one man (and eventually his teenage sidekick) waging a war against societies televised (and television influenced) vulgarities. God Bless America is essentially the reverse of Network. It is a film that early on says, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more," and then proceeds to not take it anymore for the next hour and a half. The ideas contained in God Bless America are enough to make you think, but the over-the-top solution lessens the impact so much that it does little to make you want to take action.
Infamous black comedy director Bobcat Goldthwait (World’s Greatest Dad, Sleeping Dogs Lie) is bringing “something special” (eFilmCritic) to the picnic table this Independence Day. Starring Joel Murray (The Artist, “Mad Men”), Tara Lynne Barr (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) and Mackenzie Brooke Smith (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), “the energetic fantasy that favors capital punishment for all of society’s vulgarities” (MovieWeb.com), GOD BLESS AMERICA, will be available on July 3 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Label. Divorced, recently fired and possibly terminally ill, Frank (Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. He sees America as overrun with cruelty, stupidity and intolerance. Finding himself with nothing to live for, he decides not to take his own life, but instead buys a gun to take out his frustration on the cruelest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine—reality television stars. On his journey, he finds an unusual accomplice in a high-school student named Roxy (Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. Together they embark on a nation-wide assault on our country’s dumbest, most irritating celebrities.