Swearing in movies

@elitess (5070)
Ipswich, England
January 26, 2013 1:01pm CST
I am thinking of the movies launched in the last 5-6 years mostly. I have watched several movies that had decent ratings on imdb.com (like 7 or 8) and I noticed a high increase in swearing, especially in films that would be or are suitable for children. I am wandering if this is to adapt to the young people this days, but I hope not :). A couple of examples are: Role Models (6.9 rating, dated 2008), Adventureland (6.9 rating, dated 2009), Kick-As(s) (7.8 rating, dated 2010) and the list could of course go on. I for one am disappointed in the attitude of movie makers nowadays that tend to use excessive swearing, but do share your opinion on this, maybe I am, at 25, outdated already :).
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@Asylum (47926)
• Manchester, England
29 Jan 13
I have mixed emotions concerning the current level of profanity in movies. In one respect it does add a little reality to a movie since society does not comprise of people who are averse to swearing. The situations in which a character is extremely angry or in serious peril would be less believable when accompanied by mild language. There is also a tendency to use excessive bad language without apparent reason, which I find quite inappropriate. The division lies in whether the situation justifies the use of the language or whether it is used regardless. I would prefer that bad language was restricted to justified occasions only.
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@elitess (5070)
• Ipswich, England
18 Feb 13
Hello Asylum. My problem is with the excessive bad language from recent movies. Older movies, from the nineties did have SOME bad language (thinking of Die Hard series for instance) but that was believable. And like Danny Glover said in that series: I am getting to old for this s...tuff. (still more believable that most movies nowadays).
@bounce58 (17392)
• Canada
29 Jan 13
I think it is sad that movie-makers think that to make their films more 'realistic' (or more 'adaptable' to current situations in life) they'd have to incorporate more swearing or violence. I think it's a downward spiral. In their attempt to reach reality, they promote more negative influences, specially in children.
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@elitess (5070)
• Ipswich, England
18 Feb 13
I totally agree - a vicious circle that we can't seam to shake nowadays. Oh I am guilty of liking older movies I suppose, but I also appreciate GOOD new movies :D
@Bionicman (3958)
• Czech Republic
26 Jan 13
Suitable for children? Kickass is R rated flick.
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@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
1 May 13
I see this increase too and try to tell my husband, but he is oblivious to swearing unless I point it out.I don't know why that is, unless he has become desensitized to how bad some movies have become and now he asks me whether a movie is suitable for our son, because I take the time to research a movie before only my son to see it..
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@UmiNoor (4428)
• Malaysia
27 Jan 13
I'm a parent of four children and my youngest is ten. I too find it irritating to find many movies now have characters spewing the f-word and all the swear words like it's the way that everybody talks. It is getting to the point that I can't find a decent movie for my daughter to watch. I've resorted to just letting her watch animated movies only.
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@elitess (5070)
• Ipswich, England
18 Feb 13
Good choice ! But be careful, I have encountered some bad ones even there. Try to avoid "Hoodwinked" for instance - I don't remember it's exact defects, but I was disappointed by it, hard - which is probably why I only remember it was bad (not worth more then a 5 on IMDB - unlike the high 6.5 that it currently has. You could try the Penguins of Madagascar ! These are pretty cool, and language safe from what I gathered in the first season.
@lady1993 (27138)
• Philippines
28 Jan 13
Yeah, i can totally relate.. I love watching American movies but whenever i am watching comedy or action movies, there seems to be lots of swearing.. even more in comedy films. I kind of get embarrassed when i watch it in the living room, since my parents are there.
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@elitess (5070)
• Ipswich, England
18 Feb 13
Hello my dear lady. At least The Walt Disney company is trying to keep it's profanity lower, as my dear departed Walt would have liked. It still has some occasional lower quality movies but still, most of them are still okay (language related).