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TIFF11: “God Bless America” is a Pitch Black Comedy That Goes on a Hilarious Cinematic Rant

TIFF11: "God Bless America" is a Pitch Black Comedy That Goes on a Hilarious Cinematic Rant

“Heathers.” “Falling Down.” “Badlands.” “Network.” These are a few of my favorite movies, and they all came to mind while watching Bobcat Goldthwait‘s new hyper-cynical film about a sad-sack who goes on a killing spree after losing his job and learning he’s got an inoperable brain tumor that will soon end his life. In some ways darker and in some ways more of a live-action cartoon than his previous black comedy, “World’s Greatest Dad,” this new work of Goldthwait’s is sure to be a vicarious favorite for anyone against the world we currently live in and especially where it’s headed. I see a lot of doom and gloom documentaries for this job, but “God Bless America” may be the one film this year that has me most worried for my future, unborn children.

The movie, which I have to point out was so perfect to view in Canada on the eve of the tenth anniversary of September 11th (not only because there are “never forget” jokes), will be criticized for being anti-American, but it’s only anti-many-Americans and the terribly narcissistic, impolite and thoughtless behavior these people exhibit regularly in the age of reality TV and culture influencers like Glenn Beck and Diablo Cody. Fortunately, anyone who might be offended or will dislike “God Bless America” will likely walk out during the opening, in which a baby is bloodily blown away by a shotgun during a fantasy sequence.

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