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Fuck (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 November 2007 (Japan)
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A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use.

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Steve Anderson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reinhold Aman Reinhold Aman ... Himself
Steven Bochco ... Himself
Pat Boone ... Himself
Benjamin C. Bradlee ... Himself (as Ben Bradlee)
Drew Carey ... Himself
Chuck D ... Himself
Billy Connolly ... Himself
John Crossley John Crossley ... Himself
Sam Donaldson ... Himself
Janeane Garofalo ... Herself
Ice-T ... Himself
Timothy Jay Timothy Jay ... Himself
Ron Jeremy ... Himself
Alan Keyes Alan Keyes ... Himself
Janet LaRue Janet LaRue ... Herself
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This documentary takes a look on all sides of the infamous F-word. It's taboo,obscene and controversial, yet somehow seems to permeate every single aspect of our culture - from Hollywood, to the schoolyard to the Senate floor in Washington D.C. It's the word at the very center of the debate on Free Speech - and everyone seems to have an opinion. FUCK exams how the word is impacting our world today through interviews, film and television clips, music, and original animation by Bill Plympton. Scholars and linguists examine the long history of fuck. Comedians, actors, and writers who have charted and popularized the upward course of fuck are heard from, often while defending the Constitutional Right of Free Speech, all the way to the Supreme Court. FUCK visits with those who actually fuck for a living. We hear from advocates who oppose fuck and its infringement into our everyday lives. We watch some of the most famous and infamous film and television clips that feature fuck, we hear some... Written by GD

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The movie that dare not speak its name See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

F*ck See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,299, 12 November 2006

Gross USA:

$22,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,497
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

One of the findings of this documentary is that since the election of George W. Bush, the Federal Communications Commission - which monitors complaints about indecency and profanity - saw the number of complaints it received rose from around 100 in 2000 to more than 1 million in 2004. 99.9% of those complaints were from the conservative watchdog group, Parents Television Council. See more »

Goofs

Onscreen text indicates the first movie to use the word "fuck" was _"M*A*S*H" (1972-1983)_ . This was the title of the television series. The movie was entitled MASH. See more »

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Dave Marsh: Fuck is like Belgium. People fight over it. It doesn't really have anything to do with Belgium or with fuck. People need to fight over certain things that Belgium and fuck happen to be in the way of.
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Crazy Credits

A Very Special Double Fuck You To ... Cancer A Very Special Fuck You To ... Steven N. Kurtz A Special Fuck You To ... Carlo Cavagna George Parker Steve Bickel M. Muzatko C. Martin Shawn Levy Sean Mantooth Dr. Manwaring Dr. Wong Brett Doyle Terry Fisher Brian Moss Tony Sodano Chris Sorenson Dan Dye Adam Sampson Bob "Pork-it" Loftstrom See more »

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Features Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce' (1967) See more »

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A Chat with Your Mother
Written by Lou and Peter Berryman
Performed by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer
Courtesy of Rounder Records
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As In: "Sometimes, You Just Gotta Say 'What The...'"
24 August 2007 | by cchaseSee all my reviews

This might be the first time I've ever written a review, where I actually have to self-censor the title of the movie. Although it's not a word that most of us use every day (or sometimes every week, for that matter), director Steve Anderson provides us with a funny and fascinating examination of the "F-word" - its uses (it's an extremely versatile word, you know), its possible origins, and just exactly why it's considered the most controversial and profane utterance in the English language. (Although I would have to agree with one of the film's participants, and rate it the SECOND most controversial. I always thought the first one was that 'C-word' that most women don't even call each other, unless they're REALLY angry.)

But more interesting than the subject is the roster of celebrities, writers and pundits who show up for the chance to yak it up, and how their individual views on not just the word but the world-at-large make this an interesting study about people as well. Besides being sprinkled throughout with the droll and delirious animation of Bill Plympton, highlights for me include Janeane Garofalo, Ron Jeremy (who seems a lot more intelligent and well-spoken than you'd think), the late Hunter S. Thompson and clips of comedian/heroic free-speech advocate Lenny Bruce (and what would this doc be without him?), Billy Connolly, Ice-T and yes, really - Pat Boone. There's something profoundly sad to me about his segment, but I'll let you see if you can pick out what it is (someone else in the doc certainly does.)

Surprisingly enough, the film is nearly evenly balanced by the representation on the conservative side, as interviews are also conducted with several "leading lights of the right", which include "Miss Manners" and Alan Keyes (who frankly made me want to punch him out every time he came on-screen.) The relative humorlessness with which they all seem to approach the subject seems reflective of the way in which they view everything, and it sharply delineates the differences between "Righties" and "Lefties" in a way that most political debates never will.

Not as outright obscene (as you'd expect) or as fall-down funny as its more profane cousin, THE ARISTOCRATS, F**K is still definitely worth your time. And thank goodness we still live in a society where it's not a crime to watch or discuss it.


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