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Review: God Bless America

Bobcat Goldthwait's best work yet
By TOM MEEK  |  April 18, 2012
3.0 3.0 Stars

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The latest dark comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait tackles both vapid celebrity culture (i.e., Paris Hilton, the Kardashians and American Idol) and the indignity of being an office drone. The latter describes Frank (Joel Murray), who spends sleepless nights surfing reality TV and who loathes his menial office-cube existence. After a couple of demoralizing developments, Frank decides he's not going to take it anymore and heads cross-country with a .45 and a mission to blow away all those who make life miserable for himself and the rest of the 99 percent. Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), a precocious 16-year-old, joins up with him by chance, and her enthusiasm for the crusade stokes up Frank's. Murray and Barr have fun with the tart dialogue, and despite the flimsy premise and the derivativeness (Goldthwait lifts whole scenes of Taxi Driver), it might be Goldthwait's best film to date.

IFFB 2012 | 99 MINUTES | APRIL 28 @ 10:15 PM | SOMERVILLE THEATRE | DIRECTOR BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT IN ATTENDANCE.

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