The sell line for “God Bless America” is “taking out the trash one jerk at a time.”
Frank (Joel Murray) has had enough with those obnoxious reality TV stars and gay haters like a certain church that’s in the news all the time. He’s also perturbed with just about anyone who’s rude.
When Frank is told he has a brain tumor, he ponders suicide. But, then he decides why not off the people who he believes deserve to die? They include the judges of a fictional talent show who repeatedly make fun of a mentally challenged teen who has a ghastly rendition of a very familiar song.
Frank is joined by a high school student who witnesses the murder of one of her classmates.
This black comedy is directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, who miraculously makes the two characters sympathetic. How he does that is still a mystery to me. “God Bless America” makes me feel most uneasy. But, it’s hard not to watch. Grade: B
Street Date: July 3, 2012
Runtime: 105 minutes
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment