Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The joy of the f-word

The most refreshing thing about the raunchy comedy that often takes place in Wedding Crashers is that it is R rated. We actually get to hear cursewords! We live in a PG-13 world during the summer (and most of the year unfortunately) with Hollywood sticking sequels, comic book adaptation after comic book adaptation (really, when will it end?), a various assortment of action films and the recent summer pre-requisite--teen horror film--down our collective throats. To actually hear the word "fuck" pop up that second time (therefore assuring the movie a R rating) almost fills me with the subversive feeling of danger as I sit in a darkened theatre. "Did he just say what I think he said?" I ask myself.

In fact, Wedding Crashers, like so many recently released R rated comedies, is pretty one dimensional and relies on seeing how much humiliation it can unleash on its main characters. But who cares? The actors spout out "dirty" words, get into naughty situations, multiple breasts are exposed (hey, if you are gonna go for the R, you might as well toss in some nudity too!) and the very funny Vince Vaughn experiences a variety of uncomfortable scenes where he gets to curse in all its glory (unfortunately, the tiresome Owen Wilson is in this too. He has two acting expressions: the squint--which he does so often I often doubt his has eyeballs--and the pursed lip pout. Both acting strategies are really annoying and I'd rather he said nothing in movies, regardless of if he's cursing or not.).

So I'm hoping Wedding Crashers does big business in the next few weeks after it had a solid opening weekend. In this ever increasing sanitized world we live in, it's nice to have the choice to actually see something not made for 14 year olds but for adults. Now, don't even get me started on the NC-17 rating as I can go all day on that topic, it's just nice to have some R rated comedy every now and then.




5 comments:

the hidden staircase said...

i saw that ebert gave this a thumbs down b'c of the ill-used christopher walken, as well as a couple of other reasons...but "the other guy" (annoying roeper) liked it and did say that he liked the r-rated raunchiness.

Replicant said...

roeper is an idiot so i'm not happy he agreed with me...but i did like seeing a raunchy r-rated film rather than the watered down pg13 version it would have become.

Laura said...

I tried to watch TRUE ROMANCE the other night with my sister and I was annoyed by the language in that film. It just seemed really put-on, though I kind of thought the whole movie felt very corny and contrived. I remembered liking the movie when I saw it before, and I guess I can see why I liked it when I was 16. I ended up going home before the movie was even finished.

Replicant said...

i haven't seen true romance since it came out either but didn't think it was so hot anyway.

Xtine said...

The movie rating system is too old school. I find it insane how a movie can get an R because a couple of exposed breasts and an f word and then another movie that has people dying violently (or even melting in a pit of lava) can get a PG13.