More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “God Bless America,” a film about a terminal case and a teenage girl who go on a kill spree. It’s like “Bonnie and Clyde” for the generation that has absolutely no idea who Bonnie and Clyde are.
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Cast: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Larry Miller
Official Synopsis: “Frank (Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Frank truly has nothing left to live for. But instead of taking his own life, he buys a gun and decides to take out his frustration on the cruelest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine — starting with some particularly odious reality television stars. Frank finds an unusual accomplice in a high-school student named Roxy (Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. Together they embark on a nationwide assault on our country’s most irritating celebrities. Written and directed by taboo-busting filmmaker and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (‘Shakes the Clown,’ ‘Sleeping Dogs Lie, ‘World’s Greatest Dad’), ‘God Bless America’ is a truly dark and very funny comedy for anyone who’s had enough of the dumbing down of our society.”
“Darkly comedic, subversive, rage-filled and infinitely charming. I haven’t quite laughed this hard since Bobcat Goldthwait’s last movie, ‘World’s Greatest Dad.'”
“Having endured an exasperating conversation with someone inflexibly opposite to my political thinking immediately before watching this film, ‘God Bless America’ was an odd and unexpected salve — a reassuring reminder that there are people who value basic human decency and consideration of others, albeit articulated through the angry voice of a person who would not accept the crude indifference of ‘fuck you’ for an answer.”
“If you have any complaints about current American culture, this is a comedy for you. That probably means it’s a comedy for everyone.”
“This film is not a call for violence… it’s a call for kindness. It’s a call for courtesy. It’s a call for consideration, for realizing that we are all sharing this space. It is a call to look outside yourself, to stop staring into screens all the time, even as we speak to others, and to reconnect.”
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter:
“The film’s larger failing isn’t aesthetic but moral.”
“God Bless America” is now available on VOD. It opens in theaters on May 11.