Bobcat Goldthwait is best known to those of us of a certain age as Zed, the shrill faced cadet from the Police Academy movies.
Since his fame in the 1980s, he has continued stand-up comedy, acting, and also turned his hand to writing and directing. His latest turn behind the camera is the satirical “God Bless America“, in which a terminally ill man makes a stand for civilization.
Frank (played by Joel Murray – Bill’s brother), gets his diagnosis and purchases a gun with the notion to end his life on his own terms. Television changes those terms. In no time at all, Frank and his new partner Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) have a new mission in life—to re-civilise America.
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.
God Bless America was shown at the Toronto Film Festival last fall and is scheduled for release in April 2012.