GOD BLESS AMERICA [2011] movie review

November 30, 2012 · Print This Article

I found it hard to allow myself to like GOD BLESS AMERICA for the same reasons the movies points out why so much of today’s society should not like shameless pop entertainment, as the movie seemed to be just more of it rather than a truly biting satire of it.

First, it is an extremely poor choice in title. Second, the gore in the movie is totally unnecessary and just no reason for it at all. The premise sounded interesting, but I was afraid it would be too easy to mine, and it was: a middle aged man is fet up with how trashy and shameless society has become and once he is diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor he cracks and simply just shoots anyone who has no common decency. He starts by shooting an ultra-spoiled 16-year old high school girl who is the star of her own reality show. Done in a darkly satirical way this could make a statement of some sorts, but how it was on screen was kind of vulgarly murderous.

One of the girl’s classmates witnesses this and insists on tagging along with him as they soon plan to kill more people. A better movie would never have brought up the possible romantic situation between the middle aged man and teen girl companion so explicitly and suddenly. It was another awkward scene. I felt bad for Tara Lynne Barr having to act that scene.

There are a few plot twists of a sorts and the movie periodically tries to evoke emotion and sympathy in the viewer, but when the movie itself is as crass as the things it is raging against, it all ends up feeling like something I probably should not have watched, as it taught me nothing new and I already have a perfect record of never watching any of the trash TV of the past decade, nor having personal conversations in public on a cell phone, etc., etc.

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