March 15, 1998

I read Dane Ball’s essay on the overuse of profanity on television, and I feel I should register my opinion on this subject, too. You can get to Dane’s essay through his Webpage at DongNong’s Home Page.
I don’t understand the reason for all the profanity used in movies nowadays. Although most studio films don’t have much profanity, many of the independently made films do. Take Good Will Hunting for example. They used fuck every other word. What was the point of that? To show how rough around the edges these guys were? There are other ways of doing that. The movie would have meant more to me if I had, after seeing the movie, thought I could buy this movie and show it to my parents, who hate profanity with a passion. I just don’t see the point of using that word so often. The worst part is, they use it in areas that it shouldn’t be used. They use it so often that they can’t stop. They just stick it in sentences. That word, if ever used, should only be used when trying to accent something or prove that you are really mad. But the screenwriters of today are using it with reckless abandon. It’s almost comical when you get a serious actor trying to say a line like that which follows:

“I f—ing climbed the f—ing ladder and almost broke my f—ing back trying nail that f—ing birdhouse on the f—ing tree.”

Someone explain the point of that using that word that many times in one sentence. That was probably only slighty exaggerated, too. Wake up, Hollywood and wannabe-Hollywood-types. This type language doesn’t sell movies, tell a story with words that count.

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