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God Bless America [Blu-ray] (2011)

Joel Murray , Tara Lynne Barr , Bobcat Goldthwait  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith
  • Directors: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007UW9WKK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "God Bless America [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Frank (Joel Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Frank feels he has nothing left to live for. However, instead of taking his own life, he embarks on a killing spree with cohort Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement, and together they embark on a nation-wide assault on our country s dumbest, most irritating celebrities.

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64 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"I know it's not normal to want to kill, but I also know that I am no longer normal." Frank (Murray) has almost had it. He is tired of reality TV, he gets fired from his job for looking up a co-workers address and just found out he has terminal cancer. He decides to end it all but right before he does he sees something on the TV that changes his mind. I must start by saying I loved this movie, but it is not for everyone. Bobcat is getting better and better as a director and writer. I have really like "Sleeping Dogs Lie" and "World's Greatest Dad" but I think that this is his best one yet. I can best describe this by calling it an extreme version of "Falling Down". Without sounding too un-PC or getting the FBI after me Frank in this movie does things some of us want to. Especially those who hate reality TV and are sick of the people on it. I am not advocating what is done in this but I did get a sense of relief knowing I'm not the only one. The acting is good but the writing is great. I highly recommend this but you must not be the type that offends easy. If you are and watch this...you were warned. Overall, Bobcat's best movie yet and one of the year's best comedy's. I give it an A.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Falling Down" meets modern culture June 5, 2012
By Frasis
Format:Blu-ray
Yes, it's preachy, but also tremendously intelligent and meaningful. Among a sea of shallowness, G.B.A actually has something to say. "Let's be more civil" is the theme here, and it's presented in the most graphic and blunt way possible. It does have some structural problems, but if it lacks cohesion, I believe it's because it ultimately succeeds in being one-hundred percent honest. Also, Joel and Tara should appear in way more movies. They are great actors (especially Joel) and so unsung...
It's great, but not for everyone, and Bobcat doesn't care. That's commendable in this day and age. He wants to insult Glee and Diablo Cody (I hated "Juno" for the same reason he does)? He does. He can't be bothered to care if someone won't like it or aiming for universal appeal thus stripping the movie out of all pottentialy controversial opinions or moments. And, boy, does this have them...
I loved it from minute one, but, I can't stress this enough, YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THIS PIECE DEPENDS ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU AGREE IDEOLOGICALLY WITH IT'S CREATOR.
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100 of 129 people found the following review helpful
By moshguy
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Are you one of those people who feel ill when exposed to reality televison? Did you watch the moive Idiocracy and think, "This isn't just a movie, it's a prophecy." Do you let idiots win arguments because it just isn't worth it to waste the oxygen? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then I highly recommend that you watch God Bless America.

God Bless America has to be one smartest films I've seen in years. This isn't some generic garbage that Hollywood poops out, with the intention of pleasing everyone...it's the exact opposite. This movie has a target audience, and you'll be 100% sure if you're that target audience, if you can make it past the first five minutes of the movie. If you can't make it past the first five minutes of this movie, I would suggest you go and enjoy some Jersey Shore reruns.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Comedy? This is as Black as it Gets May 29, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
"God Bless America" is good, but for a reason many people will either find strange or disagree with entirely: It's a movie that needs to be there.

As some other reviewers have noted, "God Bless America" is more of a rant than a movie, but the ranting is the reason for the movie to exist. It's a statement embedded in good acting and pretty cinematography.

It features a plotline that is by no means wholly believeable (that never stopped anyone from making an episode of The Mentalist) and it is nothing *like* entirely pleasant (that never stopped anyone from watching an episode of The Mentalist) in which two alienated loners, a divorced middle-aged man and a too-clever teenaged girl, find one another and go on a killing spree that features representations from a rogue's gallery of American incivlity and mental degeneration; one that includes, among others, a Glenn Beck clone, a "God-hates-gays" preacher and a large sampling of the superficial, the cruel, the entitled and the merely rude.

It is a rant wrapped in a thin layer of movie that displays a very linnear, paint-by-the-numbers plot, the point of which makes the movie almost like something Brecht might have written were he alive today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses the Mark April 6, 2014
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Frank (Joel Murray) just does not seem to have any luck in life. A divorcee whose daughter hates him, he lives next door to obnoxious and inconsiderate neighbors. Things go from bad to worse for Frank when gets fired from his job after a nonsensical sexual harassment complaint and then is diagnosed as terminally ill with a brain tumor by his rude doctor. He spends his evenings watching TV and is disgusted with the lowbrow quality of everything he sees. He is about to commit suicide when he changes his mind and instead goes on a mission to rid America of what he sees as the most hateful people. Along the way, he forms an unlikely friendship with teenage psychopath Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr).

To be sure, the film starts off quite promising. Even though Frank's predicaments are exaggerated for comedic effect, you do start to feel for him. His complaints early in the film about trash TV and the lack of kindness in society does make one stop and think and wonder if he really has a point. There are some pretty funny jokes throughout the film.

However, I felt the film was far from perfect. While watching it for the first time, I felt the film was getting pretty tired about halfway through. By this point, you already know what is going to happen as Frank and Roxy run around waving guns and shooting people they dislike. After the first time, the characters' soliloquies are too in-your-face and sound far too scripted. The film overall really lacks subtlety. Another complaint is the Roxy character. I thought she was paper-thin and she does not develop at all throughout the entire movie. Unlike Frank who has a general motivation for his actions, Roxy just seems to like being violent for the sake of being violent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ripe with Plot-holes but Filled to the Brim with Satire and Dark...
Very dark comedy, and plenty of plot-holes, like how could they evade the police so easily and regularly? Read more
Published 2 days ago by AMAG
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
lib. trash
Published 2 days ago by Ann Marie Staples
5.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone will like it as nearly every bullet fired is a punch ...
First, this is a dark comedy. Not everyone will like it as nearly every bullet fired is a punch line. Satire and irony are also very present and make up many of the jokes. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!!!
Published 6 days ago by Sarah L. Smathers
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality stars... fair warning.
This is Bobcat Goldwait picture. He wrote and directed it and it's phenomenal. I loved it, but I also am a fussy white guy that gets grumpy, so this movie is about me except I... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Thomas B
5.0 out of 5 stars I found it funny, dark
My one small hidden opinion does not matter. I could absolutely relate to many scenarios in this movie. I found it funny, dark, hilarious, reflective with much contrast.
Published 13 days ago by Francisco Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie about dealing with the people in our society that most of us find annoying.
Published 23 days ago by Mark r Isaacs
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not funny just sick.
Published 1 month ago by Eugene C. Hinterschied
5.0 out of 5 stars funny in some aspects
Interesting perception of Americans today and the degradation of our society...dark, funny in some aspects, but dark.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth S.
2.0 out of 5 stars ... of the nation down my throat and felt more like a PSA
I was looking for what this movie advertised however over and over it jammed a one sided view of the nation down my throat and felt more like a PSA
Published 1 month ago by Brandon
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