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God Bless America (2011)

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On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy.

Director:

Bobcat Goldthwait
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Kellie Ramdhanie ... Melissa Tuff Gurl (as Kellie Marie Ramdhanie)
Aris Alvarado ... Steven Clark
Romeo Brown ... John Tyler
Sandra Vergara ... American Superstarz Judge
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Storyline

Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. He finds an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Taking out the trash, one jerk at a time.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language including some sexual sequences | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Steven Clark was based on the real American idol contestant William Hung, who's audition went viral and was mocked to the point of making him perform on stage in the finale. He didn't know they were mocking him and laughing at him. He believed they were cheering him on. See more »

Goofs

When Frank steals his neighbor's car and heads to Virginia, he can be seen driving north on Interstate 81 in Syracuse when he should be going south. See more »

Quotes

Frank: I wish I was a super-genius inventor and could come up with a way to make a telephone into an explosive device that was triggered by the American Superstarz voting number. The battery could explode and leave a mark on the face, so I could know who to avoid talking to before they even talked.
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Crazy Credits

The character that tries to buy Roxy at the diner is listed as "The Pancake Eating Pedophile". See more »

Connections

References The O'Reilly Factor (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Franks Theme
Written by Matt Kollar
Performed by Matt Kollar and Lauren Kushin
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I really wanted to love it
6 June 2013 | by agrisingSee all my reviews

Instead, I liked it and would gladly watch it again. God Bless America had so much potential. Its first half an hour or so goes as you expect, over the top dark humor with non-stop truth hitting relentless social commentary and then...Roxy walks into the movie. From this point on, unfortunately, without saying much, the movie falls into several paradoxes and loses its focus.

At its core, GBA is a good social satire with nonstop commentary on the problems with pop culture and society, but on the same coin, the movie tries so hard that it feels like a rant by an angry liberal rather the good satire it initially set out to be. Furthermore, Roxy becomes one of the characters you want dead as the movie goes and her character, along with her and Frank's relationship, appears so idealized and forced, that it just affects the movie for the rest of its running time.

The good, however, lies in the great shooting scenes, some of the great commentary made by Frank (most of what Roxy says makes you roll your eyes if not question what in the world the movie was going for), the dark humor, the targets for satire, the over the top story, its entertainment, and overall its a solid 9/10 movie but...

The bad lies in the second act, on Roxy's faulty and forced character, its endless rants between our two main character that makes you want them to kill themselves as the next person on their killing spree, the people targeted (whats wrong with high fives and country music? When did this movie become about taste rather than appropriate satire part?) and so on...it just bit itself in the tail.

I really wanted to love this movie. I almost did. Instead every time I went to smile and applaud the commentary, something matter of taste or the character discontinuity got in the way...good movie, definitely one everyone should watch, but sadly, for what it could have been and set out to be, very flawed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2012 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,308, 13 May 2012

Gross USA:

$122,550

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$393,880
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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