God Bless America

Year: 2011
Production Co: Darko Entertainment
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Writer: Bobcat Goldthwait
Cast: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr

An average man rages against the machine, as we've seen done everywhere from Falling Down to An American Carol, and the results are distinctive thanks to writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, even if the mission statement gets a bit preachy.

The mission statement is that America's lost its sense of decency, as average joe Frank (Murray, who I was shocked to discover was both George from One Crazy Summer all those years ago and yet another brother of Bill Murray) tries to make his way in a society where it seems both the cultural conversation and the public sphere have been hijacked by those who talk loudest, meanest and dumbest.

Everything from his loudmouthed next-door neighbours with their constantly screaming baby to the endless parade of reality TV celebrating idiocy drive Frank to breaking point. When he loses his job thanks to political correctness gone mad, he snaps. He takes his old army gun and starts tracking down and killing everyone he sees as part of the problem, starting with a spoiled rich princess reality star and her family.

Someone notices and loves what Frank's doing, and when outcast misfit Roxy (Barr) tracks him down, she convinces Frank to take her along for the ride. He flat out refuses, but her enthusiasm and romantic dreams of Bonnie and Clyde -style fugitive heroics wins him over and soon Frank's having the time of his life with his young protégé.

It could have been a one trick pony but Goldthwait's script has something to say. It also could have been a bit less heavy handed in the saying, but the sentiment certainly stands out amongst the constant barrage of exactly what it stands against which most of the media has become.

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