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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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    “Hollywood executives can rattle off the rules for getting a movie approved by Chinese censors: no sex (too unseemly); no ghosts (too spiritual). Among 10 prohibited plot elements are “disrupts the social order” and “jeopardizes social morality.” Time travel is frowned upon because of its premise that individuals can change history. U.S. filmmakers sometimes anticipate Chinese censors and alter movies before their release. The Oscar-winning alien-invasion drama “Arrival” was edited to make a Chinese general appear less antagonistic before the film’s debut in China this year. For “Passengers,” the space adventure starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, a scene showing Mr. Pratt’s bare backside was removed, and a scene of Mr. Pratt chatting in Mandarin with a robot bartender was added.”
    ~ “Hollywood’s New Script”

    The race stuff blew up first. The second night we aired was the first time I met my boyfriend; we were on a blind date. I had been metabolizing the criticism all week, and I made a really, really dumb joke that I’m perfectly fine to repeat now ’cause I was fuckin’ 25. I said, ‘No one would be calling me a racist if they knew how badly I wanted to fuck Drake.’ He said, ‘Don’t say that in public; that’s not going to help you.’ I just didn’t get it. I was like, ‘I have the three most annoying white friends, and I’m making a TV show about it.'”
    ~ Lena Dunham