‘God Bless America’ Red Band Trailer Sticks Its Middle Finger Up at Pop Culture

MTV, TMZ, The Real Housewives of Whereever, Dancing With the Whoever…modern pop culture is a wasteland of broken people being made famous for little other than the willingness to humiliate themselves. But the bigger problem is, more and more we’re viewing what the people involved in these projects do not as humiliation, but as “living the dream.” If you’re one of the good ones who thinks that the current cultural milieu in the United States is poisonous and is creating a society of vain, ignorant, entitled freaks…well, then director Bobcat Goldthwait has a cathartic expression of violence in store for you.

Goldthwait’s latest film, God Bless America, is about a man who gets pushed to the brink and responds by going on a murderous rampage where he systematically mows down all of pop culture’s most vile, vapid icons (with some collateral damage involving rude, selfish, everyday behavior along the way). Check out the film’s red band trailer after the break.

This new red band trailer gives a good indication of the joyful glee that is to be had in watching Goldthwait turn his pitch black humor on reality TV and celebrity worship. But what it doesn’t quite do is sell just how good Joel Murray is in the lead role, and how effectively his Bonnie and Clyde type relationship with a psychotic young girl (Tara Lynne Barr) gets developed. God Bless America isn’t just a movie like, say, Idiocracy, that offers up a bunch of jokes about how stupid we are, and that’s it; it’s also a touching tale about the struggle of two wounded people trying to deal with their pain by coming together.

God Bless America hits OnDemand on April 6, with a theatrical release on May 11, so you might as well watch the trailer and start getting pumped full of righteous anger now. [Hulu]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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