FILMHOUSE HUSTLAS EPISODE #17
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Magnolia Pictures released God Bless America to theaters on May 11, 2012; grossing $926,632 worldwide. Bobcat Goldthwait directed the dark comedy which starred Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, and Mackenzie Brooke Smith.
God Bless America Movie Summary
Frank Murdoch is a 40-something man who hates what ‘Murica has become; a rude, pop-culture dominated society that has long since lost its civility, and he longs to do something about it. He teeters on the edge of sanity, but eventually, three major events push him over the edge. His wife divorces him. His boss fires him for sexual harassment; stemming from a kind gesture towards a female employee, and finally his diagnosis of a terminal brain tumor.
Frank decides to kill himself, but changes his mind at the last second when a reality show about a spoiled, rich teeny bopper pops up on his TV. Frank decides to kill the show’s “star” Chloe instead. He steals his neighbor’s car, and heads off to kill the girl.
Roxy, a classmate of Chloe, witnesses her murder. Roxy tracks Frank down at a motel, and interrupts his next suicide attempt. When Frank explains to Roxy that he only wants to kill people who act cruelly towards others for their own personal amusement, the two decide to go on a killing spree that takes them cross country.
Eventually, after many murders, Roxy wants to “go legit” by moving to France, and live a normal life. Frank doesn’t agree to this because he knows his brain tumor will soon kill him, but his doctor leaves Frank a message asking to talk to him. The good doctor tells him that he diagnosed the wrong Frank, and he isn’t going to die from a tumor.
Frank cheers up a bit, but then he sees a report on the news about a missing girl. The worried parents are Roxy’s parents, and Frank learns Roxy isn’t who she appears to be. Angry, Frank lets Roxy know he knows the truth, and steals the truck of a man he just killed; leaving Roxy his other car to drive wherever she wants to go.
Frank heads to Hollywood where he plans on killing as many of the cast, crew, and fans of the television show, American Superstarz, as possible. He buys an AK-47, and drives to the studio. Frank makes it to the main stage on live TV, and kills the main judge. As he holds the remaining judges and audience hostage, a SWAT team, from the balcony above, surrounds him. Roxy runs out of the crowd, and joins Frank on stage. Frank tells Roxy she is a pretty girl, and hands her the AK-47. He pulls out another gun, and the two begin shooting everyone. The dynamic duo go out in a blaze of glory as the police gun them down.
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