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Blu-ray Review: Flawed Satire ‘God Bless America’ Has Moments of Brilliance

11 July 2012 6:25 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – How does one attempt to review a picture that has a 5-star opening act, a 2-star finale and several flashes of brilliance amidst a middling midsection? Are the good parts worth savoring despite the overarching flaws? In the case of Bobcat Goldthwait’s scathing yet softhearted satire on American idiocy, the answer is a resounding yes..

God Bless America” is not as uproarious as Goldthwait’s 2006 effort, “Sleeping Dogs Lie,” nor as poignant as his 2009 Robin Williams vehicle, “World’s Greatest Dad,” but as a disgruntled liberal’s wet dream, the film is impossible to resist—at least during its first half-hour. What nearly holds the film together is the endearingly droll work from leading man Joel Murray (brother of Bill), who could easily attain cult status for this role.

Blu-ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the criticisms routinely launched at this film is that it falls far short of its obvious cinematic inspiration, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘God Bless America’ interview with writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait

10 May 2012 10:34 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait stepped out of his Police Academy shadow with his first directed film Shakes the Clown in 1991, in which he also starred as the title character. Since then, Goldthwait has put more of his focus on becoming a filmmaker, releasing absurd cult favorites like World’s Greatest Dad (starring Robin Williams), Windy City Heat, and now his raging dark comedy, God Bless America.

In his latest film, Joel Murray plays a divorced father named Frank who decides he has had enough of bratty reality TV stars, jackass political commentators, people who talk during movies, etc. With the help of a young girl named Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), Frank decides to kill some people in hopes of making our world a nicer place.

I sat down with Goldthwait to discuss God Bless America, what he thinks of MTV, and the little anti-Semites extras he worked with on set.

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Interview: Bobcat Goldthwait Shoots Idiocy in the Face in ‘God Bless America’

7 May 2012 6:23 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Embarrassments both mortifying and tragic are viewed through a cathartically hilarious and disarmingly humanistic lens in the cinema of Bobcat Goldthwait. Over the last decade, the “Police Academy” star has emerged as one of the most gifted cinematic satirists in America. His comedic targets are often audaciously provocative and there’s always a wealth of sincerity within the snark.

His jaw-dropping 2003 farce “Windy City Heat” allegedly duped a talentless actor Perry Caravello into unknowingly joining a phony production that promised instant stardom. 2006’s “Sleeping Dogs Lie” charted the downward spiral of a young woman’s personal life after she came clean about her dappling in bestiality, while 2008’s “World’s Greatest Dad” featured a career-best performance from Robin Williams as a father who took advantage of a sudden tragedy to make a last-ditch attempt at happiness.

Goldthwait’s latest film is “God Bless America,” a brutally scathing indictment of America’s increasingly vapid culture. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive: MoreHorror attends Screening of Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America

16 April 2012 2:24 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By MoreHorror.com

Dawna Lee Heising of MoreHorror.com had a chance to interview the wonderful writer and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait about his movie God Bless America at a screening in La last week.

Check out the video interview blow the details which includes the trailer of the film for your enjoyment.

From The Press Release:

Magnolia Pictures and Darko Entertainment In Association with Jerkschool Productions Presented Writer and Director Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America

Dawna Lee Heising and John Cox for attended the screening of God Bless America from filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait for MoreHorror.com on Monday, April 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Clarity Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Heising interviewed Goldthwait at the reception prior to the screening.

God Bless America was written and directed by Goldthwait, through Magnolia Pictures and Darko Entertainment in association with Jerkschool Productions. The film is produced by Sean McKittrick, »

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