Fuck: the movie (not porno)

A friend of mine from high school was in town for a conference for the weekend, and she had last night free so we hung out, going to the art galleries that had open houses for First Friday on 2nd and 3rd streets, Kabul’s Afghani restaurant near 2nd and Chestnut — which I recommend — and went to see the documentary Fuck at the Philadelphia Film Festival — her choice (I readily concurred).

A large part of the movie felt like the “I love the…” series on VH1, with people like Jeannine Garofalo/Ice Cube/Alanis Morissette/Kevin Smith mocking censorship and people who were made to sound like idiots (Pat Boone/Alan Keyes/Miss Manners) trying futiley to defend it. The prudes were given their say, but the way their argument was framed made it weaker than it otherwise would be. They were called out as hypocrites when they tried to bash the usage of the word but then defended Dick Cheney’s saying “Go fuck yourself” to Sen. Patrick Leahy on the floor of the Senate.

The documentary tried to go into the eymological roots of the word (Fornication Under Command of the King?), but it turns out all the so-called roots are just myth, and the real root is unknown, though they know it goes back to at least the 16th century.

I was pretty surprised by two things I didn’t see: Kevin Smith said his movie “Jay and Silent Bob strike back” used the f-word 1 more time than South Park, but then the documentary didn’t finish up with how many times it used it, which would’ve unquestionably demolished the record. Also, there were no streakers or fornicators in the theater, which is surprising because it was on a college campus. (Maybe because it was the night of their spring fling?) I half expected there to be a row of trench-coat wearers in the front row who were going to get naked and run out half-way through the movie, but nothing doing.

The movie was sold out, as you’d probably expect — a movie called Fuck on a Friday night– and that was the second and final showing at the Film Festival. But there are definitely a lot of worthwhile movies that are still screening. For a full listing, visit the Philadelphia Film Festival web site.

I may get the full pass next year — it’s $85 for all the movies you can see, as opposed to $9.50/movie. And if you have a pass, you get seated first at every movie, so you’re guaranteed good seats.

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