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God Bless America (2011)

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On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy.

Director:

Bobcat Goldthwait
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Murray ... Frank
Tara Lynne Barr ... Roxy
Melinda Page Hamilton ... Alison
Mackenzie Brooke Smith ... Ava
Rich McDonald ... Brad
Maddie Hasson ... Chloe
Larry Miller ... Chloe's Dad
Dorie Barton ... Chloe's Mom
Travis Wester ... Ed
Lauren Benz Phillips ... Donna (as Lauren Phillips)
Guerrin Gardner ... Tampon-Throwing Tuff Gurl
Kellie Ramdhanie Kellie Ramdhanie ... Melissa Tuff Gurl (as Kellie Marie Ramdhanie)
Aris Alvarado ... Steven Clark
Romeo Brown ... John Tyler
Sandra Vergara ... American Superstarz Judge
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Storyline

Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank 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. Written by Anonymous

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Taking out the trash, one jerk at a time.


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Rated R for strong violence and language including some sexual sequences | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2012 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Armados y cabreados See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,308, 13 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$122,029, 8 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,406, 16 June 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Frank buys the AK-47 and the dealer then asks him if wants anything else like blow or meth, is very similar to a scene in Taxi Driver (1976). See more »

Goofs

When Frank steals his neighbor's car and heads to Virginia, he can be seen driving north on Interstate 81 in Syracuse when he should be going south. See more »

Quotes

Frank: [to the guy who sees him bathing in the car wash] The washing machine's broken. What?
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Crazy Credits

The character that tries to buy Roxy at the diner is listed as "The Pancake Eating Pedophile". See more »

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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Franks Theme
Written by Matt Kollar
Performed by Matt Kollar and Lauren Kushin
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An Answer to Stone's Natural Born Killers
9 April 2012 | by catblack-692-314355See all my reviews

What a great movie. It's rather as if Goldthwait has made an answer to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers by way of Mike Judge's Office Space. Through the eyes of Joel Murray's Frank, we see a variety of society's ills and thankfully, Goldthwait doesn't dwell on them. To do so would be like gawking at the stupidity when you walk into a Walmart; it's just going to make you dwell longer at the stupidity on display, and you are still in a Walmart.

Instead, we get one of those movies that you either are along with or you aren't, you get or you don't. If you get it, you wish that Frank had a few more monologues, if you don't, you'd think it was advocating random shooting sprees.

Thankfully the script and Murray's brilliant portrayal of Frank has him as a principled, moral character who has his suicide interrupted by one terrible reality TV show too many. Along the way he teams up with a psychotic schoolgirl. He's rebelling violently about what society has become, she's rebelling against what society is.

It isn't a huge film, without a large budget, but well made. I felt that it worked best compared to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, which showed spree killers as celebrities. In God Bless America the characters lament that they haven't even made the news. But in the end, Stone's film glories this shallow quest for fame while Goldthwait's film answers it, showing what happens to America when everyone is unkindly reaching for it.


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