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Review: God Bless America

Bobcat Goldthwait tackles vapid celebrity culture
By TOM MEEK  |  May 17, 2012
3.0 3.0 Stars

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 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 his own. Murray and Barr have fun with the tart dialogue, and despite the flimsy premise and the derivativeness (whole scenes of Taxi Driver), it might be Goldthwait's best film to date.

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