The Wolf of Wall Street

January 5th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The Wolf of Wall Street, a controversial tale of financial greed, orgies and drug-taking starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has set a record for profanity in a major Hollywood movie.

It uses the F-word 506 times during its 180-minute running time – that’s once every 21 seconds.

The Martin Scorsese-directed film, a blockbuster hit in Kiwi cinemas this summer, eclipsed the previous record held by Spike Lee’s 1999 movie┬áSummer of Sam, which notched up 435 mentions, according to┬áVariety, the entertainment industry trade publication.

I saw The Wolf of Wall Street on Friday night in Hamilton, and loved it. A three hour movie is either going to be great or unendurable. It was the former. Just cracked up laughing so often. The highlight or lowlight was when the future wife of the Jordan Belfort walks into a party.

Funnily enough I didn’t even notice the profanity. Maybe it is partly because the F work hardly registers as a shocking word anymore (unless used directly at someone) but partly because it just fitted the environment the film depicted.

Some people will hate this film, but most people will love it.

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19 Responses to “The Wolf of Wall Street”

  1. Colville (2,261 comments) says:

    Any movie that starts with the star snorting cocaine out of the arse of a hooker cant be bad :-)

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  2. kowtow (8,315 comments) says:

    Hollyweird leading the charge to the sewer.

    Meanwhile in the real world…..Syria,Iraq,Libya,Somalia,Afghanistan are ungovernable a military coup in Egpyt with another brewing in Turkey……

    boatloads of illegal immigrant hoards from these shitholes pouring across western borders….

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  3. Neil (579 comments) says:

    506 times using the ‘f’ word. What a lot of arrant nonsense. When that dominates this blog DPF it transmits what is really wrong with society. I would classify that as another example of The Emperors New Clothes.
    Some 6yr old will say, “haven’t you told me daddy never to use that word” Do as I say not as I do
    Kids at school today use the f word with abandon, down to 8yr olds. Is this what we we need in society ? Is that what we want to hear around the dinner table ?
    It’s the liberal intelligentsia who are sponsoring this type of idiocy- the Hollywood crowd like Sean Penn,Alec Baldwin,Susan Sarandon etc.
    Maybe the Hollywood set should starting considering Obamacare’s effects on the US population. But wait !! They can’t do that because Obama gets so much money from that wealthy but idiotic group of people.
    I agree with Kowtow 8.07 that there is so much to be considered in the world. Not the ‘f’ word.

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  4. Manolo (13,571 comments) says:

    Hollywood is plumbing new depths year after year.

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  5. lazza (381 comments) says:

    I am sure to “love it” as a semi serious tilt at greed/excess “pisstake”‘.

    As for “Hollywood plumbing new depths” … well Halleujah for WoWSt … at least we do not have to suffer another!!! infantile super-hero magical mystery tour genre of bloody Hobbits and Freakin dragons.

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  6. Manolo (13,571 comments) says:

    @lazza: I agree and stand corrected.

    Hollywood The film industry is plumbing new depths year after year.

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  7. dime (9,849 comments) says:

    I didn’t notice excessive swearing either..

    Excellent film. Loved it.

    Course, it shouldn’t have been made. No movies should be made cause of the issues in Syria, Iraq etc… Wtf

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  8. kowtow (8,315 comments) says:

    Exactly where did I say no movies should be made…..wtf?

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  9. Sidey (249 comments) says:

    Some here would seem to favour censorship so their delicate constitutions aren’t offended. Don’t like swearing in movies, don’t watch it. Don’t like your kids swearing or being around kids who swear, try parenting and keep them away from those “other” kids. Offended by swearing on a blog, find a Mills & Boon to read. Worried about the state of Hollywood, don’t buy shares in movie production companies.

    Kim whatshisname seems to be freeing up some vacancies in North Korea, perhaps a job as Chief Censor might become available shortly. Seems a few here might be interested in trying to influence more than a handful of readers over a holiday period. Aim big people!

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  10. kowtow (8,315 comments) says:

    sidey

    Where has anyone here called for censorship?

    You’re making stuff up.

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  11. wat dabney (3,724 comments) says:

    Soapy tit wank

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  12. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    Most of us sensible, normal, non-weird folk never go the movies anymore….They are full of perversion! :)

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  13. V (701 comments) says:

    Decided to pirate this one as a matter of principle.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-28/youre-simply-continuing-feed-wolves-wall-street-one-victims-open-letter-kings-hollyw

    One key paragraph:
    So here’s the deal. You people are dangerous. Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals. We want to get lost in what? These phony financiers’ fun sexcapades and coke binges? Come on, we know the truth. This kind of behavior brought America to its knees.

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  14. F E Smith (3,305 comments) says:

    Decided to pirate this one as a matter of principle.

    That is outstanding!

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  15. Ed Snack (1,848 comments) says:

    And before long we’ll be having the left quoting this film as if it was a documentary, telling us how everything is rotten in the finance industry because…

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  16. Rightandleft (663 comments) says:

    Cursing in a movie doesn’t bother me at all. They’re only words. Racial or ethnic slurs that are actually directed at people are a different matter, but the f-word is nothing. It always annoys me the way adults who swear with abandon get all scandalised if a kid swears. We have to watch our language around the little darlings even though we know they curse like sailors every time there are no adults around. Kids swear and I for one don’t give a shit.

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  17. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    That should have been “I don’t give a fucking shit” RaL…. :)

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  18. V (701 comments) says:

    Ed,

    Where you been the last 10-30 years? The finance industry is rotten, or at the least faces perverse incentives. You don’t have to be of ‘the left’ to acknowledge that.

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  19. Nukuleka (307 comments) says:

    ‘because the F work hardly registers as a shocking word anymore’

    Maybe not in the debased circles in which you move in. I disagree.

    Incidentally, why be so coy and use the quaint term ‘the F word’? Have the courage of your supposed convictions and write ‘fuck’.

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