God Bless America (2012), humorously depicts what’s wrong with society and how we have allowed ourselves to become brainwashed with all of the garbage that we call entertainment.
Frank Murdoch (Joel Murray) is a lonely man who has allowed himself to slip into a state of depression, given his hatred of the ways of society. He’s divorced, and his daughter doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. And after 11 years of service to his company, he is fired for going against policy. His life is simply spiraling to the ground…That is until he develops an idea while holding a gun in his mouth. He decides to kill a teenage girl on a reality show who is ungrateful of everything her parents get her. He steals his neighbors car, and goes to the girls school in Virginia. He handcuffs her to the steering wheel of her car that she was ungrateful for, and shoots her. One of her classmates, Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) sees Frank do this and decides she wants help him rid the world of people who deserve to die.
It’s a fantastic plot in my opinion! We really do live in a society where we let our brains turn to mush watching stupid reality shows, and listening to bullshit politics that the media feeds us. Does that mean I’d like to go shooting people because of it? Absolutely not, but then again my life seems much better than Franks. We are all capable of some terrible things under the right circumstances. And even though this plot is a bit wobbly with it’s direction, it try’s to justify the actions of Frank and Roxy. What’s scarier, is it wasn’t a total failure.
Think of all the rude people you encounter in the course of a week. The asshole that stole your lawn ornaments, the douche nugget that cut in line at Wendy’s, or the cunt who thought it would be ok to eat, text, and knit a sweater while driving. We use these words and more, to describe people we don’t even know, every day it seems. Killing is overdoing it, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to at least slap some sense into these people? But we don’t because they would sue us. That’s the world we live in now. We give someone so much as a dirty look, and then we are looking at them from across a court room. This is why people are so bitchy these days. We need some good old fashion beat downs to knock sense into those who need it, instead of this attitude everyone has that you won’t do anything to them because they’ll just sue you. I don’t want to get sued…do you? It’s just staggering how much truth there is to this movie, and with the exception of killing, it’s sort of spot on…for the most part.
Joel Murray gives us a truly believable performance. I honestly think I would have to get up and run if I saw him near me in real life, he was so convincing. As for Tara Lynne Barr, she absolutely stole the show! I was astonished by her performance! Her character was very mature for her age, and Barr pulled it off like it was as simple as turning a light on. Her character was hilarious and had some great lines that really had me going. My favorite was, “Jesus Frank, you look like fuck pie.” I don’t even know that means, but it’s a knee slapper for sure!
It wasn’t just the killing and the humor though that made this a good movie. These two characters were different in every way except for one. And these differences were always a challenge. Their drastic age difference, her youthful personality and his grumpy, in-personable one, and so on. She even seemed to find killing as more of a hobby than a mission as opposed to Frank who didn’t want to hurt anyone who didn’t deserve it. So even their one relatable trait was sort of off. It was the bond that these two very different people shared, that made the plot glimmer like it did.
Total Abstract Rating: 90% (Rounded up) I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film, and I think that you might too!
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