God Bless America Written and Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait Starring Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, and Regan Burns Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing Release Date: May 11, 2012
Frank (Joel Murray) is a divorced insurance salesman who lives alone in a house with walls so thin he can hear the wailing of his next door neighbor’s baby day and night. His own daughter (Mackenzie Brooke Smith) wants nothing to do with him and is being increasingly spoiled by her ineffectual mother (Melinda Page Hamilton). Suffering from insomnia and migraines Frank does nothing with his life but sit in front of his television every night and subject himself to endless hours of horrid commercials, mind-numbing reality shows where pampered rich teenage girls throw profane-laden tantrums when they don’t get the car they want for their birthday, and the insane ramblings of right-wing talk show hosts (Regan Burns and Frank Conniff) who sees nothing but hatred and fear in everything and anything. One day his entire life falls apart: a misunderstood act of affection at work leads to the loss of his job, and then his doctor informs him – in between taking ill-timed calls on his cell – that the reason he’s getting migraines is because he has an inoperable brain tumor.
For the fourth edition of The Geeks Of Doom Round Up, Greg takes a look at the red band trailer for God Bless America, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, and starring Joel Murray. For our music selection this week, Andy looks at the unique video just released by OK Go, as they use a Chevrolet among other implements to play “Needing/Getting.”