DVD Review: God Bless America

Okay, here’s one of your more unusual movies of 2012.  A dying man and a high school student go on a shooting spree.

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

Fast Facts:

Street Date: July 3, 2012

Runtime: 105 minutes

Rated: R

Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment