Summary:Fish in the barrell social satire 'God Bless America' offers no subtlety but remains a fun, twisted ride.
'God Bless America' is the kind of overwritten preachy satire that may offer insight but that doesn't neccessarily mean that you have to like it. You could last about five minutes in the company of the people who populate it.
Writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait (great name) has a great eye for casting though: Headlining is Joel Murray (brother of Bill) as a terminally ill, ex-military man who gets fired from his office job for being nice to an upset secretary. He is delusional and hates the modern celebrity obsessed, vapid world he lives in and snaps, taking no prisoners. Think 'Falling Down' but with more humour and corporate and cultural namedropping.
Adding more than a few dashes of black comedy is Tara Lynne Barr as his teen accomplice Roxy, who is in charge of making them feel like Bonnie and Clyde. The relationship between the young girl and older guy plays like a less assured 'Leon'. In fact nothing feels grounded in the film, especially the plethora of caricatures that populate it.
Yes, 'God Bless America' has a lot to say and may be insightful to some but dear lord, it's annoyingly in your face.
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