God Bless America @ The Flicks 1 + 2
(105 mins, comedy, crime)
Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank (Joel Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. He finds an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement.
Throughout the dark comedy Murray delivers a perfect performance as one of the last thinking men, who has grown weary of life and society. In between the action and the comedy, Joel Murray’s character delivers scathing indictments of society that had the Toronto audience break out into spontaneous applause.
Besides being hilarious, this movie is really an interesting exploration of the insensitivity and thoughtlessness of modern popular culture.
This movie is the antidote our “reality show,” celebrity-obsessed, know-nothing-and-proud-of-it culture. The film’s outlandish violence perfectly captures Horace Walpole’s epigram, “This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.” Unfortunately, as the movie points out, few people are now capable of either thinking or feeling.