Frank (Joel Murray) has had it. A soulcrushing cacophony of stupidity surrounds him: his neighbours’ ignorance and their baby’s non-stop bawling; the mindless water-cooler blather of his idiot office mates; a workplace act of kindness that blows up into sexual harassment; and to cap things off, a brain tumour.
Frank finally snaps when the nation unites in the communal ridicule of a simpleminded contestant on a television singing competition. (Remember William Hung’s fifteen minutes of fame on American Idol?) How did his country become so cruel to the poor, huddled masses? Is it a sign of a declining empire when such a lowbrow arena of malice is pedalled as entertainment? Someone must pay.
When Frank reaches for his handgun, he finds an unlikely ally in Roxy (Tara Lynn Barr), a high-school student whose ADD-like intolerance for the morons around her jives with Frank’s train of thought. She provides him with the targets to knock off. In turn, he gives her lessons in marksmanship. And so this platonic duo — a 45-year-old and a teenager — embark on a road trip with a body count.
While many will recognize Bobcat Goldthwait as a stand-up comedian, he has also made a name for himself as a director and writer with a knack for subversive humour. His last two films, Sleeping Dogs Lie and World’s Greatest Dad, turned awkward social situations into biting satirical commentary. Now Goldthwait is turning his sights on the constant bullying he sees in the entertainment media around him. Seasoned character actor Murray puts a comedic twist on Peter Boyle’s angry everyman, while Tara Lynne Barr proves herself a true discovery, full of spitfire charm as she delivers sermons on just who deserves the barrel-end of their justice. Get ready to hit the road with the Bonnie and Clyde of the new millennium. –TIFF
Robert Francis ‘Bobcat’ Goldthwait, born May 26, 1962, is an American comedian. He is most widely known for his high pitch voice during his comedy acts.
He was born in Syracuse, New York in 1962. He decided on a career as a comedian at an early age and was performing professionally while still in high school at the age of 15. He and classmate Tom Kenny performed in a comedy duo, billing themselves as “Bobcat and Tomcat”. Goldthwait became recognized as a solo stand-up comedian and had three televised concert specials in the 1980s: Bob Goldthwait – Is He Like That All the Time?, Evening with Bobcat Goldthwait: Share the Warmth (1987) (V) and Meat Bob.
Goldthwait’s first major film role was in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985). He reprised the role in the next two films in the series.
During the fall of 1993 Goldthwait did stand up material as an opening act for Nirvana on what would be their final North American tour.
He has made several guest… read more
pretty darn good, at least 2/3 of it. but the ending left me a bit dissapointed. not sure what i expected perhaps the joke that premise that propelled this film had run out of gas...........
If a conscious comedian were to start with a parody of Natural Born Killers and make it into a smart and thoughtful movie, that comedian would be Bobcat Goldthwait and that movie would be God Bless America. I'd tell people to watch it, but I'm afraid Freddy Rumsfeld would find me and start shooting.
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Hey Bobcat Goldthwait! I hate all the same crap about American culture as you do!
You know what I else I hate? Bland cinematic litanies of crap that the filmmaker can’t stand. I hate American… read review
In “God Bless America,” Bobcat Goldthwait scathingly skewers a celebrity-obsessed culture laced with hatred and shamelessly rude behavior. Goldthwait does this to stunning effect, at least in the first… read review
One of the things I usually enjoy when it comes to the cinema of Bobcat Goldithwait one of the things I usually enjoy is that while his movies have a message they are usually subversive and subtle… read review