3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes
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The story of one man’s life in relation to the word “fuck,” is a short film (13 minutes) that has the potential to be feature-length. Using all kinds of filmmaking, from Pixel Vision, animation, as well as 16 and 35mm film, the story of Jimmy and his life told through the word “fuck” is a fucking interesting one. “Fuck” explores all facets and meanings of the word, from a child’s first discovery of it and his first utterance at the dinner table, to a couple fucking, and to yet another couple telling each other to fuck themselves. “Fuck” is used as an intensifier in barroom banter (“that was fucking depressing,”) and as an _expression of things coming to an end (“fuck….”). In every sense, “fuck” has become more than just a word in our vocabulary, and “Fuck” captures this notion very well. “Fuck” shows the audience how, as human beings, “fuck” is a word they use in their daily lives without even thinking about it. Perhaps funniest when used as a noun, like when a kid’s grandpa calls him “a little fuck,” “Fuck” explores the range of meaning and consequent emotions the very special word holds. In a sense, “Fuck” is an etymological study of a word consistently believed to be taboo, and with all the gratuitous “fucks” in film nowadays, it’s refreshing to see a filmmaker take on the word firsthand and turn it into a fucking good piece of filmmaking.

Posted on October 4, 2004 in Reviews by

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