Fuck (F*ck)


Fuck (F*ck)

Critics Consensus

A documentary that sets out to explore a lingual taboo but can't escape its own naughty posturing.



Total Count: 71


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The Queen Mother of all dirty words (as it was once described by Jean Shepherd) is examined through all its linguistic, sociological, legal, and ethical implications in this documentary. Filmmaker Steven Anderson interviews dozens of people about the history and function of "the F word," including language historians who have a hard time nailing down its origin, writers (including Hunter S. Thompson and Ben Bradlee) who talk about its role in literature and press freedom, comedians (among them Drew Carey, Janeane Garofalo, and Billy Connolly) who ponder its frequent presence in hipster humor, pop musicians (such as Ice-T, Pat Boone, and Alanis Morissette) who offer their theories about its role in contemporary culture, and social critics (including Michael Medved and Dennis Prager) who believe its currency is taking America into a dangerous place. F*ck also includes footage of famous figures caught using the word unexpectedly and animated sequences by Bill Plympton.


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Critic Reviews for Fuck (F*ck)

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (31)

  • Despite its flaws, Fuck does manage to leave you energised and determined to fight to the death to defend freedom of speech - or at least sit back and fire off a few swear words of your own in celebration. Shit, piss, fuck, etc...

    Feb 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's all reasonable but unoriginal stuff.

    Feb 13, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The insight-neutral scrag ends of what feels like ten decent documentaries on censorship, semantics, social policy and broadcasting coalesce in this painfully self-satisfied and poorly made 'shock-doc'.

    Feb 12, 2009 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • An example of the very worst kind of documentary film-making. The picture contains no insight, no research and no etymological answers. It is simply a string of choppily edited interviews with comedians, porn actors and the morally outraged.

    Feb 12, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Anderson's glib approach is to the movie's advantage, allowing anything profound to seem unexpected.

    Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • But in the end, F*CK is at most a compendium of opinions and examples, and never feels like a story.

    Dec 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Fuck (F*ck)

  • Oct 13, 2011
    Fuck me, Motherfuckers!!
    MisterYoda ? Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2011
    Funny and controversial documentary, that investigate taboos in society about the word FUCK. Just like The Aristocrats, F*uck, is a entertaining film. Problem: the absence of answers and research. In this way, the documentary don't looks what really is the point, what the reason of the motion picture? Even Steve Anderson know. At least it's a fun trip.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2010
    a interesting and fun doc on the word fuck, its origins and use in the modern times, focusing mainly on its use in the entertainment industry, its effects,and hurdles the word brings,also delving intowhy the word is what it is, some entertertaining interviews,including, kevin smith, billy connolly, hunter s thompson and many others, the film brings up interesting facts, and events from the past, where,indecentcy and swearing has come into play, now all we need is a doc on the word c**t
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2009
    -Good? No. -Informative? No. -Audacious? No. -Entertaining? Barely. -Innovative? No -Necessary? No. Even This Film is Not Yet Rated was more "necessary". -Daring? Yes The word "fuck" and its variations are used 857 times, a figure that would mean a millionaire sum of money, as explained in the film. This documentary is exclusively for the lovers of the word and for those who overuse it every damn single second of their lives. If you're looking for an informative and cultural piece, stay away. As for Bill Plympton, either he made a mistake without knowing it beforehand, or he was paid a lot. 51/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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