Rude people and reality TV stars got you down?  Just shoot ‘em!  We’re checking out the black comedy ala Director Bobcat Goldthwait entitled "God Bless America" out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment.  Follow the trail of mayhem below!




   Title: "God Bless America"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Larry Miller

   Director: Bobcat Goldthwait

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 105 minutes

   Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment





The Flick: I’m a big Bobcat as a director fan.  His first film, the highly underrated "Shakes The Clown" was a gut busting comedy that defied description, while his last effort "World’s Greatest Dad" was so five-star perfect it ended up on my Top Ten list for that year.  His latest opus is the blackest of his comedies thus far – a story about a would-be father/daughter team killing all pop culture icons and rude folks who deserve it.  Though the main problem with Bobcat’s work here is it’s too dead on.  Meaning his ability to wield clever devices to attack social ills in previous work like Dad is all but missing here in a sea of obvious set-ups and tons of unneeded monologues that rip away any character mystic.  So his decent leads Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr are reduced to a couple of over-explained vigilantes that the audience frankly doesn't care about – great poignancy always comes from what isn't said.     

Best Feature: The full length audio 'Commentary' with trio Goldthwait, Murray and Barr  has a nice chemistry that makes it a decent listen.

Best Hidden Gem: Always love to see Larry “Princess Diaries” Miller doing his smarmy and soulless routine!

Worth the Moola: Hitting the nail right on the head may be great for building a house, but for a subversive Bobcat movie outing this one feels more like a Sunday school sermon.