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God Bless America

Genre: Comedy

Director:

  • Bobcat Goldthwait

Writer:

    Cast:

    • Joel Murray
    • Tara Lynne Barr
    • Mackenzie Brook Smith

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    Critics Roundup — May 10

    Dark Shadows |Yellow||Green|Red|Green God Bless America (limited) |||Green|Green| I Wish (limited) ||||Green| Under African Skies (limited) ||||Green| Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish (NY) ||||Yellow| Where Do We Go Now? (NY, LA) |Green||Red|Yellow| Patience: After Sebald (NY) |||Green|| You Are Here (NY) |||Green|Green| The Cup|Yellow|||| Steve Jobs: Lost Interview|Yellow||||

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    Review: GOD BLESS THIS MESS

    The only thing worse than the sudden, crushing realization that much of American pop culture is vile, hateful, and stupid is watching a movie in which the main character has this sudden, crushing realization, then proceeds to lecture other characters on said realization. As a result, Bobcat Goldthwait’s “God Bless America” is pretty much doomed from the start, since our hero, Frank (Joel Murray), launches into his diatribe a few minutes after the movie begins.

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    DP/30: God Bless America, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait

    Earlier with Bob…. after the jump….

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    TIFF ’11 Review: God Bless America

    Think of God Bless America, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, as kind of a mix of Falling Down and Super — but funnier than Falling Down, considerably more accurately satirical than Super, and relentlessly violent in a blackly comedic way, without being meaninglessly so.

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    BLOOM
    There cannot be a human being who has fewer thoughts on the whole question of word processing than I do. I’ve never even seen a word processor. I am hopelessly archaic. For me the typewriter hasn’t even been invented yet, so how can I speak to this matter? I protest! A man who has never learned to type is not going to be able to add anything to this debate. As far as I’m concerned, computers have as much to do with literature as space travel, perhaps much less. I can only write with a ballpoint pen, with a Rolling Writer, they’re called, a black Rolling Writer on a lined yellow legal pad on a certain kind of clipboard. And then someone else types it.

    INTERVIEWER
    And someone else edits?

    BLOOM
    No one edits. I edit. I refuse to be edited.

    INTERVIEWER
    Do you revise much?

    BLOOM
    Sometimes, but not often.
    ~ Harold Bloom

    “So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn’t even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing — it was a long working relationship and it was a tumultuous end and I needed a moment to just chill with some rosé — and they’re calling me, going, ‘What do you think of this guy?’ ‘What do you think of this guy?’ And they’re sending pictures. I was like, ‘Are you people fucking nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?’ I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.”
    Ellen Pompeo