There’s got to be something deeper going on in Bobcat’s Goldthwait’s dark comedy God Bless America than a simple road trip of cultural revenge for it to be successful, but damn if it isn’t amusing in 2:16 form.
The trailer advertises a film with whiffs of a more violent Office Space and that largely recalls James Gunn’s Super. Instead of an ultra-violet crime-stopper though, we have Frank (Joel Murray), a man on the edge who embarks on sort of a Death Wish with cultural buttholes the target of his violent wrath. He’s joined by an uncomfortably young girl, Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), which also brings Super to mind, though it’s their mutual hate for ringtones and Kardashian-types that sends them on their violent quests, rather than a shared interest in comic book heroes.
I think Bobcat is trading on the fact that we’ve all had these urges, but I do hope he’s got some nice storytelling or deeper subtext going on in his film. World’s Greatest Dad is a great little black comedy with some some subversively nasty stuff in it, I hope God Bless America‘s more ostentatious nastiness isn’t the only thing filling out the run time.
Any kind of person or type of behavior not in the trailer that you hope to see end up in the crosshairs? Throw out it out in the comments without being to creepy, if you can.
Loveless, jobless and possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and decides to off the stupidest, cruelest and most repellent members of society with an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. From stand-up comedian and director Bobcat Goldthwait comes a scathing and hilarious attack on all that is sacred in the United States of America.