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After recent successes, Bobcat Goldthwait disappoints with this weak reality-tv satire

Robert "Bobcat" Goldthwait scored real successes as a director with two recent movies, Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006) and World's Greatest Dad (2009) – each a subversive yet subtle black comedy of manners. But his latest is a disappointingly broad and obvious satire, a casual drive-by, spraying bullets at the most obvious of targets. The title itself hits a deafening irony klaxon. The star is Joel Murray, brother of Bill; he plays Frank, a divorced loser living in a scuzzy apartment. All around him idiots are listening to reactionary shock-jocks and watching stupid television shows. He is infuriated at the national dumbing-down – or is he just rationalising his own depression? On one terrible night, Frank has an epiphany and winds up befriending an alienated teen called Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) for some violent adventures together. The big beef is with reality TV, which »

- Peter Bradshaw

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