I attended a screening of God Bless America last night, afterwards, there was a Q&A with Bobcat Goldthwait, the writer/director. Thanks to Jeff for setting this up, you can find the podcast of the Q&A here, http://www.theqandapodcast.com/, eventually it’ll be posted.
The short of it, Frank (Joel Murray) has given up on life, he attempts to commit suicide while watching a typical reality show where bad behavior is rewarded, instead of killing himself he decides to go on a killing spree, ridding the world of rude and mean people. On this journey he find a companion in a high school girl named Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr). Whackey-ness ensues.
The good; World’s Greatest Dad was Goldthwait’s last movie that I saw, and it might be the same case for some of you. I rather enjoyed the darkness that it had, but with God Bless America, he takes that darkness and taps in to an almost collective consciousness of being fed up and helpless.
There are great bits that are almost everyone’s played out fantasy of what you would want to do in that situation, but would never do because of the ramifications that would follow. So in a way, we’re getting our “jollies” out by having a character we identify with act out our aggressions.
The bad; might this movie be too dark? I can definitely see it turning away audiences, but the audience that I saw it with was very in to the movie. Could be because we’re the audience that this movie was made for. Although there was an elderly woman next to me that checked her cell phone during the film… makes you wonder how she thought she was the exception to the rule of SILENCING CELL PHONES, and maybe this movie flew over her head, cause it was clearly poking fun at her and her stupid behavior.
Overall, not for everyone, but it speaks to me. I found myself connecting to Frank’s character and laughing out loud a number of times.
The Q&A might’ve helped my pleasant experience I this film, started off very rocky but by the end it was surprisingly heart-felt and meaningful.