Fuck (film)

2004 American documentary film directed by Steve Anderson

Fuck (styled as FUCK, F★CK, or F*CK; alternatively titled Fuck: A Documentary and The F-Bomb: A Documentary) is a 2005 documentary film by director Steve Anderson which argues that the word fuck is an integral part of societal discussions surrounding both freedom of speech and censorship.

Fuck was first shown November 7, 2005 at the AFI Film Festival.


Lenny Bruce is quoted as observing, "If you can't say fuck, you can't say fuck the government."
  • You could think of that [word] as standing in for most of the changes that happened in the 20th century, at least many of the important ones.

Quotes about the documentary

In his book, Fuck: Word Taboo and Protecting Our First Amendment Liberties, Professor Christopher M. Fairman of the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University called the documentary "the most important film using fuck".
  • Ultimately, Fuck is a movie about free speech. ... Freedom of expression must extend to words that offend. Love it or hate it, fuck is here to stay.
  • An interesting debate about censorship.
    • Chelsea Bain (December 8, 2006). "Movie Review: Flick doesn't mince words". Boston Herald: p. E17. 
  • F*ck manages to strip some of the mystique from the forbidden word, and in the end, despite some road bumps, is a satisfying f*lm.
    • Marjorie Baumgarten (December 1, 2006). "F*ck". The Austin Chronicle (Austin Chronicle Corp.). Retrieved on April 17, 2013. 
  • At the forefront of the discussion is the question of freedom of speech.
    • Sally Foster (March 23, 2006). "Fuck". Film Threat (Hamster Stampede LLC). Retrieved on April 17, 2013. 
  • Fuck provides a highly provocative and humorous overview of a word that, love it or hate it, undoubtedly holds more power than its measly four letters might suggest.
    • Sally Foster (March 23, 2006). "Fuck". Film Threat (Hamster Stampede LLC). Retrieved on April 17, 2013. 
  • All in all, I’d have to say that this film was entertaining as fuck.
    • Sally Foster (March 23, 2006). "Fuck". Film Threat (Hamster Stampede LLC). Retrieved on April 17, 2013. 
  • For something rather different there’s F*ck, a moderately amusing documentary about the second most offensive word in the English language.
  • All told, Anderson's film is surprisingly amusing, as well as insightful, even if viewers have to sit through about 800 uses of the word in the 90-minute film. (And that's a cinematic record.)
  • The documentary offers an effervescent blend of cultural history and political opinion.
    • Glenn Garvin (May 27, 2011). "How to hear the F-word 857 times on TV - F**k. 2-4 a.m. Saturday. Documentary Channel.". The Miami Herald (Florida: The McClatchy Company). "Anybody expecting protective bleeps will suffer lethally seared eardrums within minutes of tuning in; the program shatters all existing records of F-word usage with 857 gloriously stereophonic examples." 
  • Unlike Kirby Dick's scatterbrained This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Steve Anderson's similar state-of-obscenity documentary Fuck gives both sides of the decency argument a fair hearing.
  • Mr. Anderson’s movie is staged as a talking-head culture-war skirmish between embattled upholders of propriety (or repression, if you prefer) and proponents of free expression (or filth), but its real lesson is that the two sides depend upon each other. Or rather, that the continued vitality of the word — its unique ability to convey emphasis, relieve stress, shock grown-ups and function as adverb, noun, verb, intensifier and what linguists call 'infix' — rests on its ability to mark an edge between the permissible and the profane.

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