Sunday, January 13, 2013

God Bless America

Dealing with a recent divorce, an ungrateful child, a miserable job. ignorant neighbors and coworkers, and the bane of American inanity in general, a middle aged office worker (Joel Murray) goes on a cross country crime spree with an equally alienated teenaged accomplice (Tara Lynne Barr) he happens upon. Their target and representation of all that is wrong with the country: the American Idol-like singing competition. Like his prior outing "World's Greatest Dad", Bobcat Goldthwait's "God Bless America" is a scattershot and over-the-top exercise. While occasionally hitting its mark,  the film is really just a disorganized excuse to lambaste the ills of society,  all of which comes off as a disingenuous, low form of satire.