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"F**K: A Documentary"

What Did You Say?

Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride

Probably the last thing any of us ever expected to see a movie about is the word "f**k". Well, here it is and it stars among others Pat Boone, Ben Bradlee, and Drew Carey. Sam Donaldson, Janeane Gorafalo, Ron Jeremy, Alanis Morisette, Hunter S. Thompson and many others. They al come together to discuss the word. Steve Anderson gives us a documentary of interviews, archival footage, man-on-the-streets, animation and what have you so that we can better understand and use the word "f**k". (I thought I did pretty good but boy, did I learn a lot).
It seems as if everyone is in this movie--a penetrating critique that either enriches or infects civilization as we know it. Anderson sets out to discover where the word comes from, why it is considered offensive and if there is any possible benefit to be gained from it. The history of the word is amazing in its theory.
"F**K" is one of those words that can have a lot of or be devoid of meaning. It is the mother of all curse words, the one our parents told us we should never use. Anderson gives us short chapters which examine and reexamine the word. Myths are debunked and things that we thought we knew about the word seem not to be true after all.
The movie is profound and silly at the same time. Let's face it--it is probably the most used word in our language today. It offends and empowers and it is central to the idea of free speech. It can mean so much or so little and so much depends upon inflection.
Here is the one word that you can still not say in front of your parents and many agree that it is the most offensive word in our language (but they use it anyway).
Anderson does not use sensationalism. It does lean in the direction that the word is no big deal but it does give a variety of opinions about its use. Anderson interviews everybody--linguists, professors, laymen etc and everyone has an opinion. There is no question to the versatility of the word and we see that there is really never a situation in which you cannot use it.
This is a light-hearted look at popular culture based upon one word and it worth looking at.

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Quick Tip by . November 29, 2010
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Meh ... its an ok f**king documentary. At least it dispels the idiotic notion that it is an acronym for being forced to have sex by order of he king (how f**king stupid).
Quick Tip by . October 22, 2010
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Meh ... its an ok f**king documentary. At least it dispels the idiotic notion that it is an acronym for being forced to have sex by order ot he king (how f**king stupid).
review by . June 18, 2009
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It's clearly hard to write a review of this movie, why, well it's about a word that is specifically banned in Amazon's reviews. We're left to the euphimisms they mentioned in the movie.     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 …
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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F**K explores how this one syllable word has completely permeated the English language, yet is still widely held to be obscene. Through film and television clips, original animation, and the insight of scholars, linguists, comedians, actors, and writers including Pat Boone, Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Janeane Garofolo, Ron Jeremy, Miss Manners, Bill Maher, Alanis Morrisette, Kevin Smith, the late Hunter S. Thompson and many more, F**K examines the colorful history of its namesake. Even people who do "it" for a living are interviewed, as we discover what it is about this word that both unites and divides English speaking people.
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DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
Runtime: 90 minutes

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