Back in September, Bobcat Goldthwait‘s new film God Bless America premiered at TIFF, where Peter called it “a biting deconstruction of American culture” and “a pitch-black comedy that is crude, violent and intelligent.” Magnolia picked up the film almost immediately, and now we’ve got premiere info and a new poster.

God Bless America, in which a guy named Frank snaps just a little bit, leading him to go on a cross-country killing spree aided by a 16 year-old girl (Tara Lynn Barr), will hit VOD and digital platforms on April 6 and then open in some theaters starting May 11.

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Magnet Buys Bobcat Goldthwait’s ‘God Bless America’

The latest buy out of TIFF is a good one: Bobcat Goldthwait‘s new black comedy God Bless America has been bought by Magnet for release in 2012. This is the same company that got behind Goldthwait’s last film, World’s Greatest Dad. So once God Bless America got a great reception at TIFF it was, if not a given, then certainly a pretty good bet that the company would get behind this new film, too.

God Bless America will be released theatrically and on VOD at some point next year; hopefully we’ll have a trailer and full scheduling info soon. Meanwhile, the press release from Magnet is below. Check out what Goldthwait said about the film not long ago, and read Pete’s rave review of the film from TIFF, too. Read More »

Bobcat Goldthwait has been pushing the line of political correctness over the years: Sleeping Dogs Lie told the story of a guy who learns his girlfriend has had sexual relations with a dog, World’s Greatest Dad was about a man who uses the freak accidental death of his son to gain local fame as the ghost author of his son’s posthumous journal. His latest film, which Bobcat said completes a trilogy of sorts, pushes the line even further.

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Of all the potentially great films showing at TIFF this year, perhaps the one I’m most excited for is Bobcat Goldthwait‘s God Bless America. There are good films and great films, and then movies that somehow seem made to tap directly into your own sensibilities and perspective. Goldthwait’s last film, World’s Greatest Dad, was one of those.

So I’m hoping that God Bless America, a comedy in which a middle-aged guy kills a teen reality TV star, might have some of the same appeal. (For me, at least.) In anticipation of the film’s premiere at Toronto, Bobcat Goldthwait is talking about what to expect from the movie and, to some extent, his own comic legacy. And there’s a poster for the movie, though it isn’t a great one. Read More »

Today the Toronto International Film Festival announced many new films, including the full feature documentary slate and the Midnight Madness picks. The latter is the suite of ten films that represents the festival’s genre offerings; the program is one of the best at any festival, period.

I was thrilled to see that one of the 2011 Midnight Madness offerings is God Bless America, the new film from Bobcat Goldthwait. His last picture, World’s Greatest Dad, is one of the best and most bleak comedies of the past few years. It can be so savage that it almost edges out of the comedy realm and into the lands of pure discomfort; that’s one of several reasons I love it. That movie has balls. I’m hoping for nothing less from God Bless America, in which a middle-aged guy and a young girl go on a killing spree inspired by hatred for the garbage glut of MTV ‘reality’ shows. Read More »

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