There’s subversive satire, and then there’s outright madness, and somewhere in between lies God Bless America, the new film written and directed by none other than Bobcat Goldthwait, professional comedian, writer, director and lunatic.
The film is about a man (Joel Murray) who snaps one day and, with the help of a whacko teenage sidekick (Tara Lynne Barr), goes on cross-country rampage to try to overthrow the idiocracy — by killing stupid people. Yup, a movie about “righteous” serial killers who work to purge the country of morons. It’s like Loki from Dogma had his dream come true.
The film seems like its destined to be a major talking point, and to call it controversial is the understatement of the month. I’m guessing that some people are going to love what they see below, and some are going to lose their shit. I recognize satire when I see it, and so I’m not outraged, but I am… well, a little uncomfortable, I suppose. But then again, that’s probably the point — Goldthwait has made a career out of making people feel uncomfortable. Regardless, I know I’ll end up seeing it.
Take a look (NSFW):