Starring Bill Murray’s younger brother, Joel, preposterous black comedy God Bless America is a B movie with high production values. In other words, however nice it looks, it is not a film to be taken seriously.
As earth-shatteringly funny as it is sick, the absurdity of this movie is that it seems to condone deadly violence against the idiot socialites and repellent chavs/rednecks on TV who help influence the future direction of society.
If taken seriously, this is exactly the sentiment we don’t need at the moment. But taken with a huge pinch of salt, this is a hilariously gratifying movie to watch if you are sick of aspects of our post-MTV civilisation. Whether you can get through to the end of the film without your morals totally insulted is another thing.
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for viewers by watching trailers or reading spoilers. But for those of you who cannot resist…
Title: God Bless America
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Year/Country: 2011, USA
Stars: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Melinda Page Hamilton (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Bobcat Goldthwait
Cinematography: Bradley Stonesifer
Editing: Jason Stewart
Score: Matt Kollar