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01:23 pm - The Rory awards
A film list with a difference



Number of occurrences of the Word "Fuck" (bold=I have seen)

Nil by Mouth 470
Casino 422
Another Day in Paradise 327
Summer of Sam 326
Twin Town 320
Sweet Sixteen 313
Narc 298
Big Lebowski 281
Tigerland 276
Made 274
Fubar 274
Pulp Fiction 271
Reservoir Dogs 252

Dead Presidents 247
Goodfellas 246
Boondock Saints 246
My Name is Joe 230
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 228
True Romance 225
Empire 220
State of Grace 210
Scarface 208
Suicide Kings 207
American History X 205
8 Mile 200
Four Rooms 193
Magnolia 190
Monster 189
Belly 186
Donnie Brasco 185
Shaft (2000) 165
Hoffa 153
Snatch 153
Paid in Full 153
Bad Santa 147
Glengarry Glen Ross 138
South Park: BLU 133
Blair Witch Project 133
Jackie Brown 131

Confidence 130
Good Will Hunting 129
Raging Bull 128
Gigli 123
Phone Booth 122
Chasing Amy 121
Training Day 121
Dogma 120
Any Given Sunday 117
Sexy Beast 117
Lock, Stock, & 2SB 114

Last Boy Scout 102
Swingers 95
Shaun of the Dead 77
Four Weddings and Funeral 42


Nice to see a substantial British contribution. The ordering is counter-intuitive in places, partly I think because harsh aggressive uses of the word (Reservoir Dogs for example) weigh more than soft humorous uses (as in Lebowski) so you think there is more swearing in one than the other.

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From:altariel
Date:June 20th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
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I think Magnolia cheats a bit by being so long.
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From:communicator
Date:June 20th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
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Yes, there ought to be a 'F:index' weighted by screen time. Off hand I can't think of a single use of 'fuck' in Magnolia - perhaps because I was so shocked by Tom Cruise's use of ... damn I wasn't going to censor myself but I've lost my nerve.
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From:nwhyte
Date:June 20th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
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Astonished to see "Four Weddings And A Funeral" so far down the list!

But I suppose it's mainly in the first scene.
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From:communicator
Date:June 20th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
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yes: in a sense I think that probably is the most gratuitous use of the word, in Douglas Adam's sense.

BTW, I just read on Crooked Timber that in the US edition of 'So Long and Thanks for All The Fish' that joke had to be changed to 'most gratuitous use of the word Belgium in a motion picture'
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From:ninebelow
Date:June 20th, 2005 06:18 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I read that but it confused me. I thought in the US editions the most offensive word in the universe was changed from "Belgium" to "fuck"? Are Crooked Timber making a joke about this?
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From:communicator
Date:June 20th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
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Checking I see it was actually in the US edition of 'Life the Unvierse and Everything'. In the English edition the joke was that an award was given for 'most gratuitous use of the word fuck in a motion picture' and in the US edition it was 'most gratuitous use of the word Belgium'. Or am I mistaken?
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 20th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
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I remember seeing both and wondering which was canonical.
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From:communicator
Date:June 20th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
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And which is funnier? FWIW I think fuck is funnier than Belgium. Well, it is the way I do it.
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 20th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
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I thought fuck was funnier, though I remember someone making a good case for Belgium.

I remember thinking, well the US would be more likely to censor, but on the other hand the British would be more likely to find Belgium intrinsically hysterical...
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From:trixieleitz
Date:June 21st, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
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It's always been 'fuck' to me.
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 21st, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
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I know the hardcover had one and the paperback had the other. Of course all I can find on my bookshelves now are the first two books and the radio scripts. Oh right and the entire internet but that prospect kind of daunts...:-D
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 21st, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
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I think I would prefer Belgium on those grounds, except for the fact that it does not (in my opinion) scan as well.
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From:matildabj
Date:June 20th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
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Pedantically speaking, it's actually the award for 'the most gratuitous use of the word 'fuck' in a serious screenplay', which I guess would rule out quite a lot of the films in this list. I had no idea the UK and US editions of the book varied on the name of this award. *adds to heap of parallel universe references*
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From:vilakins
Date:June 20th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
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I was surprised when listening to my new CDs last week that it was 'fuck' rather than the 'Belgium' I remembered. "They've changed it!" I cried, mourning my lost Belgium which I do think is a lot funnier because it's so bizarre.
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 20th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
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Hah, "Fubar" tops Tarantino.
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From:communicator
Date:June 20th, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
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And it's from Alberta! You must be so proud.
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 20th, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
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Fuckin' A.

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