Friday, May 11, 2012

God Bless America

Are you as fed up with people as I am?  Are you tired of all the seemingly unending unacceptable behavior and complete and utter thoughtlessness that surrounds us all every day?  Are you ready to take America back?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this film from Bobcat Goldthwait (yes, that Bobcat Goldthwait) about a down and out man who gets fed up and decides to go vigilante along with a newfound teenage girl sidekick is for you.  And it is most definitely for me.

You may remember Goldthwait from his screeching comedy and goofball acting in 80's films like the Police Academy series.  But over the past few years I've come to know him as a quality filmmaker of dark films that really hit home, like 'The World's Greatest Dad'.  And listening to him speak about his work in person made me all the more impressed with him.  I'm a fan.

To be clear, this dark comedy is a violent film, reminiscent of 'Taxi Driver', 'Badlands', and 'Bonnie and Clyde'.  But in my opinion, it's not gratuitous.  The violence is necessary to get his point across.  In Goldthwait's own words this is a violent film about kindness.  And while the method is clearly over-the-top, the message is important.  America and its citizens need a wake-up call.  Bring kindness back.  Or else.

Grade: A-

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