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God Bless America 2011

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Divorced, fired and possibly terminally ill, Frank has nothing left to live for. But instead of taking his own life, he buys a gun and takes out his frustrations on the cruellest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine - starting with some odious TV stars. He finds an accomplice in Roxy who shares his rage.

Starring:
Dorie Barton,Larry Miller
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Crime, Comedy
Director Bobcat Goldthwait
Starring Dorie Barton, Larry Miller
Supporting actors Joel Murray, Geoffrey Pierson, Melinda Page Hamilton, Tara Lynne Barr
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sandman on 21 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
Leaf through any mainstream newspaper or magazine and you'll be bombarded by `stories' on so called celebrities who were created by the self same media in the first place for the titillation of the masses. The same goes for any number of pointless "reality" tv shows that invite you to gawp mindlessly at morons who are willing to sacrifice what little diginity they have for 10 minutes of fame and a wad of cash. the fact that these shows are so popular is a depressing indictment of a society that seems to value shallow celebrity above all else. And its as bad here in the UK as it is in the US where this film is set.

Against this backdrop we meet our hero Frank, who is becoming increasingly depressed by all this, and fantasizes about killing his stupid, noisy neighbours (haven't we all..) who epitomize the very people who fuel the bottom of the barrel media circus that pervades today's society.

As his life goes downhill (losing his job, estranged family etc) he finally snaps and decides to do something about it. With guns. Thus begins and extremely funny and entertaining series of episodes where Frank and his sidekick (a disaffected teenage girl who he meets on his first `outing') seek to solve societies ills, by killing the people who propagate these reality shows (and a few others).

Great acting by the two leads, excellent and accurate social commentary, and best of all, very very funny, this film deserves to become a classic. Unfortunately I have a feeling it wont, because most people would rather watch Big Brother and waste their phone bill voting for some talentless fame hungry freak. Sigh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 18 Mar. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I struggle to watch television nowadays; it's as if none of the shows are made for me, too much shouting or D-List celebrities. You think we have it bad, think of the poor Americans; they have hundreds more channels, packed to the gills with dross. Frank is a man who cannot take it anymore; a deadly combination of inoperable brain tumour, awful work life and a `Sweet 16' style TV show is too much for him. He decides to rid the world of obnoxious people before dying. Along for the ride is mentally unhinged teenager Roxy who acts as his partner and spurs him on.

`God Bless America' is the darkest of comedies and rather than skirting the concept of bad taste, it just decides to ignore it. What do you expect from Bobcat Goldthwait? He made a comedy film about a man profiting from his son's death. What makes `Bless America' work, is that it is so well observed, the problem is not that the film is violent, but that it tells so many home truths. The West is obsessed with youth and possessions and Frank is just a man who has had enough of it all. The parodies of TV shows in the film are very convincing and if anything will be too mundane in a few years time.

Goldthwait is successful at making us understand an otherwise evil spree killer. In a society where real people are entering public buildings and killing people, the ability to do this is impressive. `Bless America' will shock and it is meant to. It is perhaps too leery, but that is the point of the film. The sympathy we feel towards the characters is helped further by the actors, Joel Murray in particular as Frank is excellent giving a nuanced performance that balances the film and prevents it from being mere exploitation.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Gallacher on 5 July 2012
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Putting a 5-star review is a very bold move. Typically it denotes a lack of shrewdness towards the product, but in this case I cannot emphasise enough how much I have been waiting for a movie like this. God Bless America is the story of Frank, a middle aged man who suffers from chronic migraines, and the idiocies of modern society. When his doctor tells him he has a massive tumour in his brain, he all but gives up on life entirely. But he then hits upon an idea, inspired by awful reality television: some people deserve to die more.

Cue what is easily the funniest spree killing you are ever likely to see (not that there's much competition, I'll grant you). Simply put, this film is perfect for everyone who despairs modern society. The constant drone of the entitled, ignorant masses who chew up advertising and senseless television or the sound of those with the least educated opinions stating their beliefs the loudest. This film is the counter argument.

I won't pretend this will be everyone's favourite film, but for me it was so frightfully clear it would be from the first 5 minutes. Some have criticised it for being preachy, but ultimately whilst there are a fair few diatribes and speeches, they are so damned compelling it moves from "preachy" to "absolutely factual" in one fail swoop. God Bless America is funny, witty, extremely violent and above all else, incredibly entertaining. I recommend this movie to basically everyone... unless you are:
* A republican,
* A fundamentalist religious zealot,
* A big fan of the Kardashians,
* Scared of violence
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 11 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
Loveless, jobless, and possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America.

With nothing left, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society.

He finds an unusual accomplice, a 16-year-old called Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and depression of the breakdown of America....

Here's the thing about the director, he tries too hard to be controversial and sometimes fails on many levels, but one thing he always does, is entertain.

While the film is very enjoyable, and does deliver the message of the beginning of the downfall of modern civilisation, courtesy of reality TV, the theme was done many years ago by John Waters with Serial Mom.

Murray, plays his role with glee, and his companion, which does remind one of Badlands a little. They make it clear from the start that there is nothing sexual between them, they just share a fondness to hate how America has become.

Watching the film should be an original experience, and other than the American Starz subplot, it harks Natural Born Killers, Thelma and Louise, True Romance and the aforementioned Serial Mom.

There are some good set pieces, including the cinema scene, and the finale, but it too often pulls its punches, rater than being as sick and as dark as it could be (bar a nasty act in the first scene).
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