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Filmism.net Dispatch June 3, 2012

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Every time I hear a swear word in a movie, I can hear my mother 'tching' loudly in my mind. She's not backward or a stuffed shirt, and she's actually pretty liberal and young minded for her age, but she's one of those strange people (and they're not only the older generation) who never understands why movies need all that swearing.

At various times in my life I've wondered when the point will come when she won't be able to watch any movie, ever. Swearing in movies is like a spore on the wind, spreading itself ever-wider. It used to be rare in any of the films I was allowed to watch, now you'll hear it everywhere except Pixar.

It used to be cut out of TV shows. I remember watching Pulp Fiction on TV and laughing at the bumbling attempts the station editors employed to cut out the harsh language.

Trailers might not be the final frontier, but you never used to see swearing in them, even if there was a lot in the film. It was like the thought of seeing the leading lady nude, you were going to have to watch the movie to experience it.

How times change.

The rise of the red band trailer has come on the heels of The Hangover'movement', profane comedies aimed at adults The Change-Up and Bridesmaids. But I'll bet it's here to stay, and I'm curious why. Does it bring people into the cinema? Maybe kids, who know it's supposed to be forbidden.

Either way, the web is the perfect platform for it. There's usually a cursory warning and you have to put in a birthdate so they can disclaim any liability (while knowing everybody's going to input a fake date anyway). It's perfect, and I guess the next milestone will be playing red band trailers in the theatre, then on TV.

And if you're as curious about swearing in the movies as I was, I once assembled a list of the sweariest movies. Not the films with the most swearing (which would be too easy), but the films where extreme profanity did something to the story. Read it here.

I also watched a cool little independent movie (funded through Kickstarter if I'm not mistaken) called Indie Game: The Movie. It might sound very uninteresting to you if you're not into videogames, but you'll see few more engaging stories about passion and struggle in real human terms this year.

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