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There's Nothing Like One Good F*ck

By Brian Prisco | Lists | November 15, 2010 |

By Brian Prisco | Lists | November 15, 2010 |

I scoff at those puritans who say that profanity is the linguistic crutch of the inarticulate motherfucker. I’ve been accused of peppering my reviews with an overabundance of the verboten words. And it’s not because I’m some sort of heathen getting my rocks off saying dirty words in front of an audience. I’ve just got a really, really filthy mouth. It’s a combination of having worked in theatre and with children for most of my life. Dockworkers ain’t got shit on a teacher in full swing, especially if she works with middle schoolers. And while there are some profane poets — need I even speak the name Malcolm Tucker — some folks just like the F-word. I won’t retread the well-worn statement of the versatility of the word: noun, verb, adverb, adjective, etc. I’m just a fan.

And while I was going to do a list of the top ten non-pornographic feature films to most use the work “fuck,” I decided that was just simply fucking boring. Plus, most of the top ten films aren’t ones I think everyone is familiar with. Plus, the number one is the documentary Fuck, about the glorious word itself, which uses the word 824 times. Holy fucking shit. And perusing the list, even I was a bit stunned at the sheer volume of the word fuck being uttered in its many iterations in the films.

Instead, I’m going to give you a list of twelve films and see if you can match them to their “fuck” counts. It’s just a pleasant game to get you through your fucking Mondays. And it shows that while I may have a propensitiy to be liberal with my f-bombs, I’m in pretty fucking good company. Good fucking luck.

You might be surprised.

1. Scarface
2. Trainspotting
3. Running Scared
4. Alpha Dog
5. 8 Mile
6. The Big Lebowski
7. Summer of Sam
8. Glengarry Glen Ross
9. Boyz N The Hood
10. The Boondock Saints
11. Goodfellas
12. Reservoir Dogs


A. 130
B. 138
C. 147
D. 200
E. 207
F. 239
G. 260
H. 269
I. 300
J. 315
K. 367
L. 435

(The answers will be provided in the comments later today, and in Pajiba After Dark)

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