A few days ago, I posted video here of Bill Murray, on the first episode of Late Night with David Letterman. I have no way of knowing how many people took my advice and watched the clip, which was absolutely brilliant, but it only garnered one comment. (Someone, making the case that he was still cool, now thirty years later, posted video of Murray working a shift behind the bart at a place in Austin.) Well, I’ve got a hunch that this trailer, for his brother’s new movie, will illicit more that one comment. Here, before I share the video, is the synopsis from IMDB:
Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. He finds an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement.
Bill Murray’s brother Joel plays Frank… And, I should add, the movie, which is called God Bless America, was written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, the man behind such unsettlingly dark comedies as Shakes the Clown, Sleeping Dogs Lie, and World’s Greatest Dad.
Here’s the trailer:
I’d like to offer more in the way of thoughtful analysis on this, but I think I’m going to leave it to the rest of you this time. You see, I’m trying to take a break from things that I think may feed into my depression and anxiety. Once every few years or so, I find myself slipping into a worse than normal place, and I’m trying, as best as I can, to turn things around before they get too difficult to manage. That means forgoing right wing talk radio, in favor of classical music, eating more vegetables than burgers, and spending more time swimming and running than reading news about the Republican primary. And, for that reason, I don’t think I want to spend too much time getting inside of Bob Goldthwait’s head right now, and exploring the righteous anger that he clearly feels toward American popular culture. I think it’s certainly worth discussing… don’t get me wrong… I just don’t feel up to watching the trailer again and being a part of the bloody retribution fantasy at the moment… No, I’m going to spend my night listening to lovely old jazz records from the 20s and 30s.
Here, for those of you who want more, is a bit of an interview with Goldthwait that ran a few months ago on SanDiego.com.
What can you tell me about God Bless America?
Bobcat Goldthwait: It’s funny, the other day I showed it to my friends and I was really surprised that they were all kind of shocked by it. I think people think it’s a vigilante movie where this character goes out and starts killing reality stars. I mean that’s a little part of it, but it’s also kind of about where are we going and the culture and basically the dumbest members of our society. Sometimes when I hear myself giving interviews I want to punch myself in the throat, because I’m like, ‘Really, this is the dude from Police Academy pontificating about where are we going as a society, blah, blah, blah.’
Well, I think a lot of people often forget how young you were when you filmed the Police Academy movies.
Bobcat Goldthwait: Yeah, I was in my early 20’s when I did those movies, but I really didn’t know I’d be talking about this for the rest of my life, I think I probably would’ve worked harder.
I grew up in the 80’s and all the films you were in are a huge part of my youth culture. I really loved Scrooged.
Bobcat Goldthwait: I was really excited when we made Scrooged because it was kind of neat knowing that I’d be in a movie that would be on every Christmas.
What actors are you working with in God Bless America?
Bobcat Goldthwait: It’s funny that we’re talking about Scrooged, because Joel Murray, who’s Bill’s brother is in it; Joel’s a very talented actor. The rest of the cast are people that we either found or are my friends. The young girl in the movie is named Tara Lynn Barr and she has been on a bunch of Disney shows, but I don’t think they’ll have her back on after this movie…
[Note: The best thing about that Metafilter conversation I linked to above, is that it tipped me off the existence of FDR American Badass.]