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God Bless America -- On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy.
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Bobcat Goldthwait (written by)
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Release Date:
31 May 2012 (Russia) See more »
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Tagline:
Taking out the trash, one jerk at a time.
Plot:
On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A darkly hilarious treatise that could have been so much better See more (186 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Joel Murray ... Frank

Tara Lynne Barr ... Roxy

Melinda Page Hamilton ... Alison

Mackenzie Brooke Smith ... Ava

Rich McDonald ... Brad

Maddie Hasson ... Chloe

Larry Miller ... Chloe's Dad

Dorie Barton ... Chloe's Mom

Travis Wester ... Ed

Lauren Benz Phillips ... Donna (as Lauren Phillips)

Guerrin Gardner ... Tampon-Throwing Tuff Gurl
Kellie Ramdhanie ... Melissa Tuff Gurl (as Kellie Marie Ramdhanie)

Aris Alvarado ... Steven Clark

Romeo Brown ... John Tyler

Sandra Vergara ... American Superstarz Judge

Jamie Harris ... American Superstarz Judge

Alexie Gilmore ... Morning Show Host

James McAndrew ... Morning Show Host
Brendalyn Richard ... Karen

Geoff Pierson ... Frank's Boss (as Geoff Peirson)

Tom Kenny ... Office Staff
Eliza Coyle ... Office Staff

Jill Talley ... Office Staff
Joe Liss ... Office Staff

Bryce Johnson ... Co-Worker

Cameron Denny ... Office Worker

Scot Zeller ... Ronald
Danny Geter ... Mutual of Onodaga Security Guard
Dan Spencer ... Doctor
Leslie Noble ... Medical Building Woman

Regan Burns ... Michael Fuller

Bruce Nozick ... TMI Host
Orson Oblowitz ... TMI Flunky
Frank Conniff ... Stan Kurtz

Tom Lenk ... Party Planner #1

Jack Plotnick ... Party Planner #2
Morgan Murphy ... Fast Food Employee

Gilland Jones ... Girl Who Gets Shot in Movie Theater

Naomi Glick ... Kimberly Black

Jacob DeMonte-Finn ... Boy Who Gets Shot in Movie Theater #1 (as Jacob Demonte-Finn)

Carson Aune ... Boy Who Gets Shot in Movie Theater #2

Toby Huss ... Man with Cell Phone Who Gets Shot

Christopher Allen Nelson ... Trooper

Iris Almario ... Sophia Milo

Tony V. ... Pancake Eating Pedophile

Mo Gaffney ... Singing Waitress

Andrea Harper ... Roxy's Mother (as Andrea Squibb 'Harper')

David Mendenhall ... Roxy's Father

Steve Agee ... American Superstarz Crew Member

Christopher Doyle ... American Superstarz Security Guard Who Gets Shot (as Chris Doyle)

Kirk Bovill ... Police Captain

Michael Carbonaro ... Robbie Barkley

Philip Anthony Traylor ... American Superstarz Backdoor Security Guard
Paul Eliopoulos ... Reverend Goran

Mike Tristano ... Shady Gun Dealer
Lon Gowan ... Guy Who Runs in the Audience and Gets Shot
Daniel Lee Everson ... Guy (as Daniel Everson)

Samantha Droke ... Ashylee Chloe's BFF

James Rustin ... Skylar Chloe's Other BFF
Nathan Kim ... Dancer

Zuzana Lova ... Dancer (as Zuzana Humplova)
Hunter Hamilton ... Dancer
Suze Q ... Dancer (as Suzanne 'Suze-Q' Pirnat)
Brad Rowe ... Angry Tea Bagger

Nate Scholz ... Paparazzi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juliana Acosta ... Press Conference Reporter (uncredited)

Fileena Bahris ... American Superstarz Fan (uncredited)

Joanne Bahris ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Ellen Baker ... PR Rep for Pop Stars (uncredited)
I. Elijah Baughman ... Bodyguard (uncredited)

David Boat ... (voice) (uncredited)
Claude Bragg ... Rich High School Kid (uncredited)

Veronica Burgess ... Office Gal (uncredited)

Aaron Burt ... Jerky Boy #2 (uncredited)
Travis Chesney ... American Superstarz Fan (uncredited)
James Darling ... Press Conference Cameraman (uncredited)
Curt Darwin ... Extra (uncredited)
Sarah B. Downey ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Sara Faiella ... American Superstarz Fan (uncredited)
Joe Ford ... Extra (uncredited)

Alana Gospodnetich ... Baton Twirler (uncredited)
Frederick Gourgue ... TMI Camera man (uncredited)

Lynn Haro ... Waitress (uncredited)

Brittany King ... Extra (uncredited)

D'Janine King-Lasky ... Bloody Audience Member (uncredited)

Melissa LeEllen ... American Superstarz Fan (uncredited)

Tommy Shayne Manfredi ... Southern Baptist Protester (uncredited)

Montgomery Markland ... American Superstar Crewmember (uncredited)

Tom Massmann ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Marsad Nikui ... Office Employee (uncredited)
David Jason Perez ... Rejected Boy (uncredited)

Lenny Porterfield ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Jennifer Powers ... Average Student (uncredited)

Mike Jerome Putnam ... Shooter and Police Officetr (uncredited)

Eric Salazar ... Patron (uncredited)
Claudia Serven ... American Superstarz Celebrity (uncredited)

Keith Shawn ... Fan (uncredited)

Patrick Stalinski ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Nevan Stewart ... Standing Cameraman (uncredited)
Sasha Stuber ... Female Jogger (uncredited)
Christopher Swank ... Office Worker (uncredited)
William P. Szczech ... Man in Hallway (uncredited)
Charles Whitman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dustin York ... Baptist Protester (uncredited)

Directed by
Bobcat Goldthwait 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bobcat Goldthwait (written by)

Produced by
Jeff Culotta .... producer
Sarah de Sa Rego .... co-producer
Jim Goldthwait .... co-producer
Ted Hamm .... executive producer (as Edward H. Hamm Jr.)
Sean McKittrick .... producer
Angela Sostre .... line producer
Jason Stewart .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Matt Kollar 
 
Cinematography by
Bradley Stonesifer 
 
Film Editing by
David Hopper 
Jason Stewart 
 
Casting by
Ruth Lambert 
Robert McGee 
 
Production Design by
Natalie Sanfilippo 
 
Set Decoration by
Kirk Oberholtzer 
 
Costume Design by
Sarah de Sa Rego 
 
Makeup Department
Abigail Bradley .... additional hair stylist
Abigail Bradley .... additional makeup artist
Noa Brandes .... assistant makeup artist
Kierra Cole Scheffer .... additional hair stylist (as Kierra Scheffer)
Kierra Cole Scheffer .... additional makeup artist (as Kierra Scheffer)
Robert Kato DeStefan .... special makeup effects artist
Brittany M. Fontaine .... assistant makeup artist (as Brittnie Fontaine)
Morgan Jenkins .... assistant makeup artist
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist (as Christopher Nelson)
Jenn Rose .... special makeup effects artist
Dawn Subhasiriwatana .... key hair stylist
Dawn Subhasiriwatana .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joel Henry .... production supervisor
Mark Moran .... unit production manager
Aaron Peak .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Breines .... first assistant director (reshoots)
Jim Goldthwait .... first assistant director
Joe Moore .... second assistant director
Aimee Pierson .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ben Brecher .... leadman
Jeffrey Cavelier .... graphic designer
Rebekah Estey .... assistant property master
Alma Gamino .... buyer
Lindsey Longo .... assistant property master
Alex Manjarrez .... set dresser
Christine Mitchell .... assistant property master
Evan Regester .... graphic designer
Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jose Barocio Jr. .... boom operator (as Jose Barocio)
Omar Barraza .... additional boom operator
Bill Donnelly .... sound mixer (new york)
Casey Genton .... sound effects editor
Robert Jackson .... sound designer
Robert Jackson .... supervising sound editor
Sang Kim .... dialogue editor
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
Arran Murphy .... sound mixer
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Slack .... sound re-recording mixer
Callie Thurman .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Stepka Li .... armorer
 
Visual Effects by
Travis Baumann .... digital compositor: Gradient Effects
Luis F. Pazos .... visual effects editor
Aaron Peak .... colorist
Aaron Peak .... digital effects artist
Rebecca Ramsey .... producer: Gradient Effects
Neil W. Smith .... digital intermediate supervisor: Hollywood DI
Thomas Tannenberger .... visual effects supervisor: Gradient Effects
 
Stunts
Alex Daniels .... stunt advisor
Justin Gant .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunt coordinator (as Peewee Piedmont)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas Bard .... theatrical lighting best boy
Brant Beland .... gaffer
Stephen Belovarich .... swing intern
Kenny Bowen .... swing intern
Ryan Breitenbach .... grip
Mike Carano .... still photographer
Jan-Michael Del Mundo .... electrician
Gus Dominguez .... lighting director
Danny Dougherty .... grip
Patrick George .... lighting console programmer
Ruben Gonzales .... lighting technician
Frederick Gourgue .... production assistant
Alex Goyette .... swing intern
Chris Guerrero .... lighting technician
Zachary Hunter .... camera intern
Julien Janigo .... key grip
Imre Juhasz .... b-camera operator
Levi Kaminkowitz .... grip
Patrick J. Kearns .... lighting technician
Kim Lapplander .... second assistant camera
Drew Lauer .... high speed camera operator
Nicholas H. Martin .... additional dit
John Paul Meyer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Bo Ng .... swing intern
Scott Probe .... spotlight operator
John C. Reyes .... camera operator
John C. Reyes .... first assistant camera
Nik Sipolins .... swing intern
Damyon Tashjian .... lighting technician
Kenneth Thompson .... swing intern
Jerry Watson .... lighting designer
 
Animation Department
Jeff Striker .... animator
 
Casting Department
Cash Oshman .... crowd casting
Alana Raiser .... crowd casting
Christi Webb .... casting associate
Shayna Sherwood .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abigail Bradley .... wardrobe assistant
Tasha Goldthwait .... key costumer
Brittany Trusler .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Steve Forner .... assistant editor
Matt Kollar .... additional editing
Aaron Peak .... on-line editor
Ryan Whisenant .... playback editor
 
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Matt Kollar .... composer: theme music
 
Other crew
Nick Cane .... production intern
Matt Carson .... production assistant
James Chichil .... production assistant
Mel Christian .... production intern
Cole Dabney .... social media & marketing
Tyler Diamond .... key set production assistant
Wesley Donato .... production assistant
Taylor Erickson .... location assistant
Barbara Fleeman .... key craft service
Frank Gieb .... set teacher
Frederick Gourgue .... production assistant
Jack Grimmett .... on-set extras coordinator
Andra Hayes .... script supervisor
Brandon Hwang .... production assistant
Naomi Iwamoto .... production assistant
Naomi Iwamoto .... production intern
Caroline Kim .... production intern
Matt Kollar .... production intern
Kenneth Kraus .... set medic
Uyen Le .... production legal
Roger Luna .... set medic
Amy McDonald .... production office assistant
Ryan Meyers .... production assistant
Ali Naqvi .... production assistant
Veronica Nickel .... production coordinator: Syracuse & New York
Elizabeth E. Quinlan .... production coordinator
Cesar Robles .... set medic
Sheila R. Rose .... assistant production coordinator
Mike Rutkowski .... production assistant
Daniel Seo .... production intern
Josh Sessoms .... production assistant
Josh Sessoms .... production intern
Trish Sie .... choreographer
Justin Sostre .... production intern
Marissa Stone .... production intern
Rick Surad .... location manager
Mike Tristano .... master armorer
Melissa Varona .... production assistant
Viktor von Drakk .... production intern
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and language including some sexual sequences
Runtime:
105 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The book that Frank lends the receptionist (briefly) is "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith and cover by America's Got Talent semi-finalist Doogie Horner.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Frank is loading the pistol after his daughter threw the tantrum over the phone it's obvious the gun has a blank firing barrel and he's loading regular full jacketed bullets.See more »
Quotes:
Frank:I hate my neighbors. The constant cacophony of stupidity that pours from their apartment is absolutely soul-crushing. It doesn't matter how politely I ask them to practice some common courtesy - they're incapable of comprehending that their actions affect other people...See more »
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Soundtrack:
I'm Not Like Everybody ElseSee more »

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119 out of 159 people found the following review useful.
A darkly hilarious treatise that could have been so much better, 3 October 2011
Author: DonFishies from Canada

The moment I read the synopsis for God Bless America, I had to see it. It was one of the first films I signed up for at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and one I had to wait most of the week to get the opportunity to see. I wanted to adore it, despite hearing mixed things about it. But as I found out, this experience might never have been intended to be adored.

Frank (Joel Murray) is sick of everything in his life. His neighbours are inconsiderate, his daughter hates him, and he cannot connect with anyone at work because all they want to do is sit around and talk about reality television. After he finds out he has an inoperable brain tumour, Frank sets out to rid the United States of the filth that corrupts it. He finds an early fan and confidant in precocious teenager Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), and decides to bring her along for the ride with him.

God Bless America is not so much of a film as it is a treatise on what is wrong with pop culture in the modern United States. Writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait packs the film full of allusions and satires of reality television primarily, but trickles down to political news shows, celebrity gossip, social networking, texting, and more. Despite how cheap it looks, he manages to depict just the right imagery, the right dialogue and the right attitudes to truly sell the ideas the film brings up. And as the film starts to edge closer and closer to real life, Goldthwait starts getting his characters to start dishing out justice in the most ridiculous ways possible. He does and says what a lot of people are scared to, and bravely attempts to dissect and take down an institution that has been thriving for well over a decade. Nothing is sacred or off limits. While the film was clearly intended to shock and disgust with how darkly hilarious it is, it also sets out to teach and not so secretly try to right the wrongs we continue to allow invade our lives.

But this element of teaching veers into the realm of preaching, and is what holds Goldthwait's film back from being truly enjoyable. While I was initially amused at watching Murray's Frank spout musings about the human condition and what is wrong with society, that amusement quickly faded. By around the halfway mark, it becomes increasingly clear that the film has no real set direction or even a real point of existing. It is an extended rant that would have worked out better as a piece of stand-up. You can easily tell where Goldthwait has veered off track and lost any idea of what points he wanted to make, and he struggles to find his way back more often than he should. The film clocks in at just about 100-minutes, but twenty of those minutes could be chopped out if he stopped circling around and just make his points.

And what's worse is that outside of an absolutely stunning realization, the thesis if you will, during the bloodsoaked finale, he does not cover any real new ground in what he is getting Frank to talk about. These tropes he is taking down one by one are things people have been complaining almost as long as they have existed. Michael Moore is consistently churning out documentaries about them every few years. Yes, the majority of the population around the United States (and hell, worldwide) are embracing these ideals and not thinking any differently. But God Bless America is too subversive a film to ever conceivably be watched by these kinds of people. Does Goldthwait really think he can shock these people into submission with his vivid speeches and grotesque and borderline terrorist tactics? Does he think he can get them to rethink everything they follow and do in their everyday lives? If not, then why bother making the film?

Goldthwait claims that God Bless America is not meant to be a political film. But unless he really wants people to just laugh and forget about it moments later, then there is really no other way one can possibly read it.

While I felt for how agonizing some of the dialogue must have been to deliver, I really enjoyed Murray's performance as Frank. He is a bit player in dozens of TV shows and movies, and it is nice to see him finally get a leading role. He plays Frank as an upstanding and concerned citizen, one who truly believes in the war he is fighting. He has a quiet intensity about him, and seeing him jump between a tongue- in-cheek innocence and a full blown sociopath is truly remarkable. I am glad that Goldthwait took a chance on him, and I can only hope more directors will follow suit in the future. Barr, much like Chloë Moretz in Kick-Ass, is a revelation. She is ridiculously hilarious and downright terrifying all at the same time. From the moment she walks on-screen, she has an aura about her that never dissipates, allowing her to truly make something of her character even with some rather awful dialogue.

I think in the end, I appreciated God Bless America more than I actually enjoyed it. There are some really funny scenes sprinkled throughout, and just as many deeply thought-provoking moments. But it is a film that gets too full of itself much too often, and loses track of what it wants to be even more so. Goldthwait is a talented filmmaker (even if he shamelessly cribs his action beats and styles from some rather obvious influences), but I think he could have easily improved on the flaws that plague the film. I hope that the distribution deal he received affords him some time to make the necessary cuts. There is a truly great film somewhere in there, just waiting to appear.

7/10.

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