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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 (34 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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00838N2YW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,375 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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38 of 40 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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21 of 23 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 Some People Deserve To Die - Fact! 12 Nov 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This brilliant film is in the `Falling Down' genre, but is all about modern America or more correctly society and how it has gone south in the being nice and decent department. Frank has landed in middle age, he is divorced, has a daughter who would have been great in `The Exorcist', without coaching, neighbours that have taken `red neck' and made it their own, a job he gets fired from and his doctor has just told him he is going to die.

As he contemplates not wanting to live he gets pushed over the edge by a reality TV show where a spoilt rich girl gets to be on prime time just because she is rich, pretty and a total biatch. So he drives down to where she is for some not so random justice. That is where he meets Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) and she wants to join him in killing as many people as they can who, quite simply, deserve to die. When you start to think of the categories of people that fit into that, not so exclusive `death list, it actually become a big job. Frank is just tired of reality television, selfish, rude people, the right wing single issue politics and pure toxicity of the moronic pop culture that is ruling and ruining the world, and God bless him for that. She hates high fives, racists, homophobes and religious bigots, plus a few more that she can enunciate with the language of a street walker - brilliant.

This is funny, intelligent, well acted and just a great ride. Joel Murray (`The Artist') is outstanding as Frank, the reluctant gun wielding guy, just asking people to be nice to each other. The soundtrack is great too with a lot of original material for the film, and it all hangs together brilliantly.
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9 of 10 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and disturbing, an epic road trip movie with a surprisingly moral...
Dark, evil and and very critical of modern low brow society, I love this film. My only fear is that I feel like I too could be in Frank's shoes! Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. L. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining film with a warning for Britain
What a relief to know that there are others who, like me, are repulsed by the current cult of celebrity, sexual objectification, conservative republicanism, organised religion,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jules
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad Movie but Could Have Been Better
It may not be the greatest of movies ever but the premise is reasonable and it does have some funny lines in it and I'm sure that a few of you, like me, who hate most of today's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Some Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars If you hate X-factor this is a film for you!
A powerful commentary on contemporary western culture's obsession with celebrities and living essentially in a TV world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AndrewSax
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark but funny
The first hour of this film is hilarious (and very darkly cynical) but it loses its way a little towards the end and does become a bit of a bullet-fest. Read more
Published 6 months ago by smudge
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but ultimately satisfying
I'm not going to lie when I say that I feel a little bit let down by this film - the first act is strong, with Frank's opening monologue setting the frustrated tone of the film... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter B (Critic Core)
5.0 out of 5 stars All that is wrong with America mixed with satire and brilliant acting
I love this movie from beginning to end. The dialogue is rich as is the satirical humour and irony. Very entertaining throughout. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Guy
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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months ago by Willow man
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