God Bless America

God Bless America (2011)

God Bless America (2011)

“Natural Born Killers” meets “Falling Down” as Frank – disgusted with what society has become and told by his doctor that he’s dying anyway – goes on the road with his teenage accomplice/groupie, Roxy.  Together they target reality TV stars and others whom they feel have dragged society down into the mud.

This movie walks the dangerous black comedy tightrope and, for the most part, does it well.  Frank is largely sympathetic, setting his sights on spoiled reality TV celebs, absentee parents and those who have contributed to making our society “mean”.  Things are lightened up sufficiently by including such targets as those who talk on their cell phones during movies, but the film’s obvious liberal leanings become tedious as times.  Roxy’s character is handled somewhat clumsily as she vacillates from borderline groupie to deranged sociopath at times.  Her resolution, also, is somewhat lacking.

The film’s conclusion will leave some people scratching their heads.  Without giving too much away, Frank’s raison-de-etre is stripped away leaving him with the free will to decide how his story will end.  After that, things come together a little bit empty.

Overall, this is a provocative film that will have you cheering for the bad guys most of the time and, in so doing, will force a lot of viewers to take a long, hard look at themselves.

 

Stars: 3.5/5

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