Fuck (F*ck)
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The Queen Mother of all dirty words (as it was once described by Jean Shepherd) is examined through all its linguistic, sociological, legal, and ethical implications in this documentary. Filmmaker Steven Anderson interviews dozens of people about the history and function of "the F word," including language historians who have a hard time nailing down its origin, writers (including Hunter S. Thompson and Ben Bradlee) who talk about its role in literature and press freedom, comedians (among them Drew Carey, Janeane Garofalo, and Billy Connolly) who ponder its frequent presence in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"The insight-neutral scrag ends of what feels like ten decent documentaries on censorship, semantics, social policy and broadcasting coalesce in this painfully self-satisfied and poorly made 'shock-doc'."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"But F*** gives short shrift to a question that many moviegoers may well ponder: How, exactly, has this word become a substitute for wit, or, in many movies, for dialogue?"
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"As Lenny Bruce famously pointed out, fuck is an important word because, "if you can't say fuck, you can't say fuck the government.""
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Despite its flaws, Fuck does manage to leave you energised and determined to fight to the death to defend freedom of speech - or at least sit back and fire off a few swear words of your own in celebration. Shit, piss, fuck, etc..."
‑ Ed Andrews, Little White Lies
"More of a TV documentary than a movie, but there's enough good stuff here to keep you from cussing."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Anderson's glib approach is to the movie's advantage, allowing anything profound to seem unexpected."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"If anything, the most vivid impression created by the movie is how much fun the word's use can potentially be and how its power is inevitably emboldened in direct proportion to the forces of decency lined up against it."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"As well as being humdrum, this is past its sell-by date: the film is a product of the Bush years, with the liberals making all the old complaints about Dubya's encouragement of cultural puritanism."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"It's all reasonable but unoriginal stuff."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"An example of the very worst kind of documentary film-making. The picture contains no insight, no research and no etymological answers. It is simply a string of choppily edited interviews with comedians, porn actors and the morally outraged."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"But in the end, F*CK is at most a compendium of opinions and examples, and never feels like a story."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"... It's a mere 90-some minutes long; it only feels like seven hours."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Smug, shallow, repetitive, unilluminating and rarely funny."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"This could have been far more illuminating, challenging, or at the very least entertaining."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A moderately amusing documentary about the second most offensive word in the English language."
‑ Karl French, Financial Times
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