Film

Back Alley Film Series

When: Thu., May 24, 7:30 p.m. 2012

Folks still angry over the passage of Amendment One might find some form of twisted satisfaction in the newest offering from the Back Alley Film Series. God Bless America, the latest film from writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait, stars Joel Murray (one of Bill's bros) as Frank, a divorced office grunt who abhors the dumbing down of America and constantly rails against the idiocy of reality shows, inflammatory TV commentators and homophobic mobs. Joined by teen misfit Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), the pair travel across the country blowing away Tea Party extremists, right-wing blowhards (including a Glenn Beck-like host), and faux-celebrities. Admittedly, the film is simplistic in its views and goals, and there's something a bit disingenuous about this picture being made by a filmmaker whose claim to fame was appearing in such pandering works as Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment and the talking-horse romp Hot to Trot. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit that there’s something cathartic about seeing funeral picketers and Rush Limbaugh clones get their just desserts.

Matt Brunson

Price: $5-$8

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