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 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.
"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, … more
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.