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God Bless America (2011) [DVD]

Joel Murray , Tara Lynne Barr , Bobcat Goldthwait    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Melinda Page Hamilton, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Rich McDonald
  • Directors: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00838N2YW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture, which he sees as overrun with cruelty, stupidity and intolerance. 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 cruellest, 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, who shares his sense of rage and together they embark on a nation-wide assault on America’s dumbest, most irritating celebrities.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent satire on today's insane pop culture 21 Jun 2012
By Sandman
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..QUALITY FILM, VERY ENTERTAINING!!.." 25 July 2012
Format:DVD
This movie slipped under the radar a bit in the U.K and is released straight to DVD, for a low budget film its very, very entertaining and one of the most fun and razor-sharp films of 2012!! The story centres around Frank who is sick and tired of our culture and the way it worships spoilt celebrities and TV and the way the weak are mocked and looked down on for entertainment etc, so he decides one day to grab a gun and go on a killing spree one jerk at a time!! He ends up meeting a beautiful 16 year old girl named Roxy who becomes his accomplice on his murder sprees as she has similar views on culture as Frank, together they cause much mayhem and bloodshed, this is certainly one of the funniest and darkest and twisted movies this year, the cast is brilliant and its a great direction from Bobcat Goldthwait. This is defiantly one to watch!! There are no special features which is a shame!! But still worth every penny.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly brilliant 18 July 2012
By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
This is one of those gems of a movie that will never get a cinema release in the UK and so will probably slip through the net for most people.
Frank is one of life's losers but at the heart of it he is a decent man with standards. He is appalled by the way his co-workers are obsessed with celebrity and how talentless shows hold up the lame and self deluded for ridicule. When he is diagnosed with a brain tumour and loses his job through what was intended to be an act of kindness he sets out with his gun to make his point. He decides to kill an obnoxious teenager on a reality show but is seen in the act by Roxy, a disenchanted teenaged girl who becomes his sidekick as they set out to kick America's butt.
Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr are excellent as Frank and Roxy and their constant banter and bickering is an absolute joy. As he says in the extras Joel Murray never expected to be the lead in any film and he certainly takes his chance and runs with it. Tara Lynne Barr who looks a little like Jordy Lucas (Summer in Neighbours) is definitely a face to watch for the future and makes her presence felt from her very first scene.
If you can get this film on blu-ray, the print quality is excellent and the scenes as they cross rural America are beautiful.
Overall this is a superb black comedy with a real message and one you will almost certainly enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a great change.
God Bless America makes a great change to the usual type of film. It's a refreshing change. Interesting storyline and the main cast pulled it off well. The acting is A+
Published 18 days ago by Christina H.
3.0 out of 5 stars A grotesque satire that appears to rate its own opinion a little too...
If you take the position that pop culture has gotten so out of control and then revel in the idea of offing all that propagate, endorse or consume the pointless drivel, you might... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. MALTBY
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Watched it and it is rather a repetitive theme but nonetheless a good film. Would watch again and recommend to others
Published 1 month ago by Mr T Hussain
3.0 out of 5 stars It's oh so quiet....
Loveless, jobless, and possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film
A brilliant film. Decries the state of American society. Brilliantly acted, and scripted, would recommend to anyone who watches movies that make you think
Published 4 months ago by rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars Feelgood film
If the cult of celebrity, bad manners, invasive technology, in fact everything that is wrong with modern society drives you mad, then this is the film for you, Joel Murray plays a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
see above.

I actually feel it sadly does represent the way modern culture is evolving.

Quick people, we must change this! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr A Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars Comic relief - just shooting off a little steam
When I am force into the morning rush hour and have to listen to talk radio just to get the traffic report I will always think of this movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bernie
1.0 out of 5 stars Stop or my moron will shoot
It started promisingly enough. A preachy but well observed account of celebrity culture, television, the American sense of entitlement, and the dehumanisation that follows from... Read more
Published 13 months ago by neuronslikebrandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Falling Further Down
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. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sam Tyler
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