Sneak Preview: GOD BLESS AMERICA (Bobcat Goldthwait, 2011)
Event Date: May 10, 2012 - 7:30pm
Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA
Frank (Joel Murray) has had it. A soul-crushing cacophony of stupidity surrounds him: his neighbors’ ignorance and their baby’s non-stop bawling; the mindless water-cooler blather of his idiot office mates; a workplace act of kindness that blows up into sexual harassment; and to cap things off, a brain tumor.
Frank finally snaps when the nation unites in the communal ridicule of a simpleminded contestant on a television singing competition. (Remember William Hung’s fifteen minutes of fame on AMERICAN IDOL?) How did his country become so cruel to the poor, huddled masses? Is it a sign of a declining empire when such a lowbrow arena of malice is pedaled as entertainment? Someone must pay.
When Frank reaches for his handgun, he finds an unlikely ally in Roxy (Tara Lynn Barr), a high-school student whose ADD-like intolerance for the morons around her jives with Frank’s train of thought. She provides him with the targets to knock off. In turn, he gives her lessons in marksmanship. And so this platonic duo — a 45-year-old and a teenager — embark on a road trip with a body count.
While many will recognize Bobcat Goldthwait as a stand-up comedian, he has also made a name for himself as a director and writer with a knack for subversive humor. His last two films, SLEEPING DOGS LIE and WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, turned awkward social situations into biting satirical commentary. Now Goldthwait is turning his sights on the constant bullying he sees in the entertainment media around him. Seasoned character actor Murray (THE ARTIST, TV’s MAD MEN) puts a comedic twist on Peter Boyle’s angry everyman, while Tara Lynne Barr proves herself a true discovery, full of spitfire charm as she delivers sermons on just who deserves the barrel-end of their justice. Get ready to hit the road with the Bonnie and Clyde of the new millennium.
Join us after the screening for a Q&A with writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait!
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection, SXSW Film Festival
“Darkly comedic, subversive, rage-filled and infinitely charming. I haven't quite laughed this hard since Bobcat Goldthwait's last movie, WORLD’S GREATEST DAD.” –Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
“What Goldthwait is doing here is holding up another mirror to what we’ve become, reflecting back at us what we are in all its ugliness and defining the need for us to purge ourselves of what we’ve become. GOD BLESS AMERICA is a brilliant skewering of American culture as it is today. See it.” – Kim Voynar, Movie City News
Writer/Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Starring: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Melinda Page Hamilton, Rich McDonald, Guerrin Gardner
Magnet Releasing / Magnolia Pictures
35mm, 99 min.