“God Bless America” is apt satire of American TV culture

Frank is upset at the collapse of civilization going on around him, all the fails and stupid being televised with über-intense graphics.

Frank is upset that people are mean to one another and get rich at it while his life in a cubicle farm is boring and safe.

Frank is upset that his neighbors yell at their TV through paper thin walls, where he can hear them vicariously worrying about celebrities like Lindsay Lohan on “TMI” (a spoof of TMZ). Frank is upset that their baby does nothing but scream, a sure sign the next generation will be about the same.

Frank is upset because he can see the TV is teaching people to be mean to one another.

Frank is upset because he got fired from his job for sending flowers to the receptionist’s home and Human Resources is overly sensitive to potential sexual harassment litigation.

Frank is upset because he learned he had a brain tumor, from a doctor who calls everyone (except him of course) a cocksucker.

Frank — played by Joel Murray (yes, brother to Bill Murray) — is so upset that he decides to grab his handgun (every good American owns one) and blow his brains out while watching the mean things unfold on TV later that night. He ends up flipping channels, growing more depressed as the programming become more bizarre in it’s succinct indictment of pop-culture. He stops on a show called “My Super Sweet 16” where a sixteen year old girl named Chloe — a spoiled and thoroughly overindulged teen princess reality “star” — throws a tantrum over not getting an Escalade over an equally lavish car from her parents. The parents capitulate as Frank gets a surprise phone call from his preteen daughter, throwing an identical tantrum because she just received a Blackberry phone instead of an iPhone.

Frank stops being upset and kills Chloe. In the process he runs into a witness in the form of the awkward and rebellious teenager Roxy (played by Tara Lynne Barr), she and the pair then set off to shoot “mean people” and the otherwise rude and we’re exposed to gratuitous amounts of blood in the process. As expected, those who live by the gun die by the gun in the end.

Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait — the hilariously pitchy stand-up comedian who starred in the “Police Academy” movies — this time capsule tale has all the right ingredients of a scathing cultural satire, with a sly nod to the American security theater in the process.

We give this funny blood-drenched Bonnie and Clyde duo an emphatic must see rating. “God Bless America” was released in 2011 and is destined to be a sleeper hit among gore, dark humor and pop culture fans alike. You can stream it online for $6.99 or get it on DVD / Blu-ray and loan it to mean people as a warning.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

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