Bobcat Goldthwait‘s God Bless America “may turn out to be my favorite viewing experience of the Toronto Film Festival,” Marshall Fine has written. “Outrageous, bitter and wildly, inappropriately funny, God Bless America had me roaring at the story of a newly-minted spree killer who decides to eliminate what he sees as the worst of American popular culture, beginning with a spoiled rich brat who’s the star of a reality show and ending up on the stage of an American Idol doppelganger with an AK-47.
Tara Lynne Barr, Joel Murray in Bobcat Goldwait’s God Bless America
“Frank (Joel Murray) is an average guy from Syracuse who tells his cubicle-mate at work that he doesn’t find morning radio amusing because ‘I’m not afraid of foreign people or people with vaginas.’ Goldthwait summarizes his film in a line of Frank’s early on: ‘Why have a civilization if we’re no longer interested in being civil?’
“Goldthwait’s previous two films also specialized in the viciously funny: the horrifyingly squirmy comedy Sleeping Dogs Lie and equally unholy and painfully laugh-provoking World’s Greatest Dad. Hopefully, God Bless America will find a wider audience than the previous two, which barely got released.
“Goldthwait’s films have teeth and aren’t for everyone, but there’s definitely an audience that shares his sense of outrage about just how low our lowest common denominator has fallen. God Bless America is Goldthwait’s most snarlingly subversive comedy yet.”