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Movie comments. by Ken Dunn on 15 May 2014 9:26am
Burn After Reading. This DVD has a comment on the sleeve which says 'Best Comedy Of The Year'. The first 10 minutes is full of foul language and I can't watch a movie of any type with foul language and I cannot laugh at comedy which is using foul language to get laughs. For me this is the worst comedy of the year. The bit of comedy I did enjoy was with George Clooney and his cheese biscuit while I couldn't make out what he was saying. So I'm very glad I bought this movie in a charity shop but it will not be going back to a charity shop! Also the DVD has a lot of very noisy trailers to begin with and on a few of them I thought the movie was starting. The fast forward facility was disabled at times and this annoyed me too. On the back of the DVD a Daily Mirror writer says 'side-splitting comedy genius' I hope I never meet this man.

The movie is rated 15 but should be an 18. If they made it quarter the length by removing foul language and took the trailers off the beginning I might consider lowering my rating for it. My wife says that apparently some 15 year olds use this language every day which means that 4 or 5 year olds will be exposed to it too.

Very Disappointing.

I may watch the movie in the other language so that I don't get all the f words but if the other language doesn't have a completely different word for the f word I'll stop watching again. It makes very good sense that the only other language available on the DVD is one I don't recognize which would indicate to me that the French, Spanish, German, Italian etc countries don't want to be associated with this movie.
Re: Movie comments. by Lounge Trekker on 15 May 2014 10:10pm
Culture, Ken, culture. The 'f-word' is 21st century western civilization's contribution to how our species will be remembered!
Re: Movie comments. by Spursfan2 on 16 May 2014 9:53am
I agree with you Ken, not particularly about this movie which I haven't seen, but about swearing in general.

There are times when quite frankly only the f-word will do in movies - action scenes etc. - but gratuitous f-ing and blinding for the sake of it is sad. It sometimes puts me in mind of a kid who wants to shock.

Similarly, Zak and I (we don't *normally* swear ourselves, btw) get quite annoyed by people using bad language on Facebook, for example.

Swearing used as every day language (rather than when confronted by heavily-armed aliens or whatever) just reflects the perpetrator's lack of vocabulary in my view.
Re: Movie comments. by Loretto on 16 May 2014 1:22pm
Hey folks, great topic Ken. I wanted to add to it. This week Kevin and I decided last minute to go out for dinner before we picked Sean up from a late after-school activity, he attended a play with his music class. I was still wearing my work clothes, yoga pants, sneakers, a belted cardigan, and my hair was tied back, and I never wear make-up when I teach Pilates.(Yes, this is important) The group beside us were all women, 6 of them, out for a night, all dressed up to the nines, hair extensions, long painted nails, make-up, high-heels.....and the language was absolutely FOUL. I mean I am a tough cookie, but myself and Kevin were in shock. The stuff coming out from these women was horrendous. I turned to Kevin and said, "Here was me worried that I was not dressed appropriately. But these women! I guess you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear." He wanted to move tables, that's how bad their language was, and this was a nice, upscale restaurant in a rich town in Connecticut. So bad language is everywhere. Do I find it offensive? I think there is a time and place for it. And that restaurant was neither the place nor the time!
Re: Movie comments. by Spursfan2 on 16 May 2014 4:32pm
I think I would have been tempted to say something, Loretto!

Re: Movie comments. by Loretto on 16 May 2014 4:36pm
Anne, when I tell you that the language was CRUDE, I mean beyond belief crude. Talking about body piercings in the nether regions, bosses being D**ks, the f word. Kevin wanted to move tables, but I hate making a fuss. And they were so loud you couldn't but hear every word being said. Just obnoxious. So, you can't judge a book by the cover, that's what I have learned. These women looked like well dressed ladies, but they were far from it. I looked like a shluuump, but the shluump was horrified at the ladies bad language.
Re: Movie comments. by Spursfan2 on 16 May 2014 7:19pm
As you say, no class whatsoever - true about the silk purse!

Re: Movie comments. by suzulu on 17 May 2014 1:26am
Lack of consideration too. Not everyone wants to listen to such foul language.
Re: Movie comments. by Ken Dunn on 17 May 2014 6:26am
I watched The Gauntlet with Clint Eastwood last night and his prisoner, on her first uttering of the f word, got a serious slap across the face. I thought that I could live with that and watched the rest of the movie which has some funny episodes in a serious situation. It was a Malpaso production (famous for Spaghetti Westerns).
Re: Movie comments. by Ken Dunn on 17 May 2014 6:31am
Let's hope, LT, that by the 22nd century culture has improved and people are being fined for using offensive language in public. I'm fairly sure I saw something about this in the UK a few years ago.
Australia is dealing with the problem. If you Google 'fine offensive language' an NSW paper has an item about increased fines for the offenders over there. $500 is the fine.
There is an £80 fine in the UK for it. I think I'll become a swear word patrol man!?
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