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- Commentary by director Steve Anderson
- Extended interviews
- Extended and deleted scenes
- F**k counter
- Interviews with Bill Plympton and Steve Anderson
- Theatrical Trailer
Top Customer Reviews
First, is where it came from. There are so many false claims as to boggle the mind. Most of these fallacies center around a Playboy Magazine article from the 70s that said the F-word was "An order from the King to go forth and propagate." Supposedly this originated sometime around the 17th century and, of course, it's completely untrue. Helping to dispel this myth, the F**K documentary seeks to enlighten and entertain and does so for the most part.
So where did this dastardly word come from? The simple answer is: we don't know. We do know that it first appeared as a written word around 1456, but that's about it. What we do know is that now the word is held as vile filth by some, while others use it daily.
Cutting a large swathe across socio-political and generational lines, the documentary interviews everyone from cursing experts and porn stars, to Miss Manners and Pat Boone.
Anyone interested in the First Amendment should no doubt see this documentary along with THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED. Both focus on America's disdain for words over violence. It's quite all right to shoot someone in the face on TV, but say the word "F**k" and you're in big trouble with the FCC. A brief and sexually explicit scene from a European rock concert shows how open other nations are to sexuality and the F-word's express meaning, while American's can't seem to get over it.
That being said, I will say that I use the F-word on occasion but only within an appropriate context.Read more ›
All kidding aside, the first half of this film is remarkably good. It's well put together and makes a lot of sense. Just after the couple simulating sex at the rock festival in Europe, the film just becomes repetitive and boring.
The movie is a classic talking head documentary. There's some cute animmation between segments (see the cover art, the same artist did the inter segment work). A couple of talking heads against a black background talk about some aspect of the word. It goes back and forth, and sometimes a clip is shown to illustrate the point. There's subtitles that are supposed to be witty (not really). The talking head list is very wide - from Miss Manners to Ron Jeremy (that pretty well covers the gamut there). Tera Patrick is surprisingly intelligent. And of course I'd like the movie when Kevin Smith talks.
There's a couple of good segments about Lenny Bruce and George Carlin - in so many ways this film should be about these two guys.
How offensive is this film - it's not really. That word is used over 800 times. But after about number 100, it's nothing. In fact you kind of find yourself leaning toward saying it in casual conversation. The views are somewhat well balanced between conservative view (Pat Boone) and liberal view (Kevin Smith). It isn't apparent the director had an axe to grind one way or the other.
An hour and 30 minutes, roughly. It's so R rated. Actually when you get down to the nudity, it's R not anywhere near NC-17. No violence. Minimal nudity (you would expect more). Tons of strong language.
Though the Right is represented here, this is definitely a movie only the more liberal-minded will truly enjoy, for it is quite "profane" and harsh toward conservatives who wish to legislate their brand of morality in the U.S., especially in its exploration of the Lenny Bruce trials and George Carlin's "seven dirty words." So, in other words, it's quite biased, but so what? The Right cares not for the equal representation of ideas, so disregard the ignoramus that gave this movie one star because it was unfair to the Right (boo hoo!).
If the prospect of living in a BushWorld frightens you, then rent this movie. John Ashcroft, the former Attorney General under W, is perfectly illustrative of the world social conservatives want: when he was giving a press conference, he covered up the Venus deMilos' breast becuase it made him uncomfortable. A great work of art, censored because it made an uptight prig uncomfortable. Next they'd start censoring Shakespeare, Milton, Chaucer, etc.
Haven't these people read the Old Testament? There's much worse to be found there: justification for the raping of women, justification for the selling of young girls into slavery, justification of slavery, stoning the unruly child to death and on and on and on, massive genocide and justifications for.
Maybe we should censor, or ban, the Bible next...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I showed this to my college sociolinguistics class as we were discussing taboo language. As long as you know what you're getting into, it's very good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. KCW
Saw this on the Documentary Channel and fell in love. Wordys everywhere rejoice...F*** is what you make of it (noun, verb, adjective...). Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Polly MacKenzie
Steve Anderson cuts to the quick with clips and footage from famous people on both ends of the scale. A recommended must see !Published on December 20, 2012 by T. Houston
I woke up at 2:30 am a couple of weeks ago and caught the last twenty minutes of the documentary. It made me laugh so hard that I had to buy it.Published on December 14, 2012 by Danielle Dunet
Great film. Would be good for high school students to view and have a second thought on how they flaunt vulgar language including today's so-called ADULTS.Published on June 19, 2012 by acrazyolcat
A long-form inspection of the most infamous word in the English language, with insights from all walks of life. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by drqshadow
I would not watch such filthfor free, much less pay to see it. That trash "ice-t" is so ashamed, he will not use his real name! Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by W. Jenkins
A sweet, cheeky job of analyzing the controversy over a four letter word. Unabashedly biased, despite the presence of both Hunter S. Thompson and Alan Keyes. Read morePublished on May 29, 2010 by Laura Anglin
The F-bomb is a word many of us use often, if not daily. Its prominence in the English language cannot be understated. Read morePublished on November 29, 2009 by James M. Stafford III