Blu-ray, DVD Release: God Bless America

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Magnolia

God Bless America movie scene

Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr get all-too-real on a reality show set in God Bless America.

Joel Murray, who is so fine as Freddie Rumson on TV’s Mad Men, stars in the over-the-top independent dark comedy film God Bless America, written and directed for maximum scathing impact by bizarro comedian/filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (World’s Greatest Dad).

Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Murray’s Frank truly believes he has nothing left to live for. But instead of taking his own life, he buys a gun and decides to take out his frustration on the cruelest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine — starting with some particularly odious reality television stars. Mad as hell and unable to take it anymore, Frank finds an unusual accomplice in a high-school student named Roxy (up-and-comer Tara Lynne Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. Together they embark on a nationwide assault on our country’s most irritating celebrities.

What a premise!

Filled with violence and lots of profanity, the R-rated, take-no-prisoners, satirical movie also features Larry Miller (New Year’s Eve) and Melinda Page Hamilton (also of Mad Men).

God Bless America had its world premiere on in September 2011, at the Toronto Film Festival and was made available for video-on-demand in April 2012. Released in U.S. theaters on a limited basis in May, 2012, the film received mixed reviews from critics. As New York Post critic Sara Stewart wrote: “The real problem is there’s just not enough plot on which to hang the message that mean people suck.” Los Angeles Times‘ Betsy Sharkey was kinder: “This funny, sick twist of social satire is certainly locked and loaded, even if its aim is sometimes off.”

As of early June, 2012, the movie had scored some $100,000 at the box office.

Bonus features on the discs include the following:

  • audio commentary
  • deleted scenes
  • outtakes
  • featurette
  • interviews with cast and crew
  • music video

Here’s the raucous trailer:


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.