This Is America, Part II

Next to our Halloween party blowouts and The Five Minutes Game, a smashing annual Cinefamily tradition’s always been our mind-altering Fourth-of-July show of This Is America aka Jabberwalk aka Crazy Ridiculous American People (turn that one into an acronym for a cheap giggle.) It’s the ‘70s Italian mondo shockumentary that holds a skewered funhouse mirror up to our own homegrown culture, and gleefully transmits the message that the most powerful nation on Earth is chock-full of dildo factories, cocaine churches, drive-in prayer sessions and a tidal wave of firearms — basically a barely heightened version of our true selves. Now, we uncover a brand-new monster tradition: the freakazoid, bigger-better-and-even-more-brainboiling 1980 sequel This Is America, Part II! Operating on a darker, more ambitious scale, Part II gives us the best quasi-documentary portraits of a cracked America money can buy: bonkers stuff like subterranean NYC vermin eaters, a topless car wash disco jam, morbidly obese SoCal superheroes, vicious bounty hunters with a disdain for rock gig posters, and the outrageous San Francisco mayoral campaign of The Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra. Seriously, this thing’s a fucking hoot.
Dir. Romano Vanderbes, 1980, 35mm, 102 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s origina trailer for “This is America: Part II!”

Watch a segment on Jello Biafra’s 1980 San Francisco mayoral campaign (feat. The Dead Kennedys!)
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