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.
- If you can't say fuck, you can't say fuck the government.
- [Fuck] sounds exactly like what it is.
- It's one of those all-purpose words.
- It's the ultimate bad word.
- The f-word is special. Everybody uses the word breakfast, but not everyone feels comfortable using the word fuck so there's an extra power behind it.
- Alanis Morissette — cited in Walker, Rowan (November 18, 2006). "First Person: Is this an f-word too far?: A new documentary about a certain four-letter epithet has got America talking (so long as they don't use that word). Rowan Walker asks if it deserves four stars". The Observer (Guardian News and Media Limited): p. 28; Section: Observer Focus Pages. Retrieved on April 22, 2013.
- 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
- 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.
- The most important film using fuck.
- Christopher M. Fairman (2009). Fuck: Word Taboo and Protecting Our First Amendment Liberties. Sphinx Publishing. pp. 19-20. ISBN 1572487119.
- At the forefront of the discussion is the question of freedom of speech.
- 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.
- All in all, I’d have to say that this film was entertaining as fuck.
- 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."
- Can you support the First Amendment, and be appalled at the often-ridiculous fines levied by the FCC for a single broadcast F-bomb, and still be weary of this word's ubiquity? Anderson's movie doesn't say, but many know the answer.
- Moira MacDonald (December 1, 2006). "Movie Review: F***": Film about F-bomb's power fails to fully detonate". The Seattle Times (The Seattle Times Company). Retrieved on April 17, 2013.
- Anderson's glib approach is to the movie's advantage, allowing anything profound to seem unexpected.
- Wesley Morris (December 8, 2006). "Movie Review: Presenting the history of a four-letter word". The Boston Globe (The New York Times Company). Retrieved on April 17, 2013.
- 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.
- A thesis-level course in the history, derivation and proper use of every sailor's favorite cuss, the movie has to wage a constant battle against potty-mouthed monotony. Fortunately, it emerges largely unscathed, and almost triumphant in its own single-minded way.
- Steve Schneider (March 30, 2006). "Closing Frames: What to watch for in the final weekend of the Florida Film Festival". Orlando Weekly (Orlando, Florida). Retrieved on April 17, 2013.
- 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.
- FUCK: Four Letter Film. fourletterfilm.com. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. Retrieved on April 17, 2013.
- About The Filmmakers. fourletterfilm.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2007. Retrieved on August 1, 2012.
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