Tuesday, August 17, 2010

‘WTF’ Movie Titles

 Fox Searchlight has acquired the comedy pitch "Motherfucker", representing the latest trend in 'expletive-laden' movie titles to make their way into development. In addition to "Motherfucker", the studio is currently prepping the romantic comedy "The F Word" starring Casey Affleck.

Following the 2007 Canadian feature "Young People Fucking", Paramount purchased screen rights in 2008 to "I Wanna' Fuck Your Sister" from writer Melissa Stack and in 2009, bought writer Lewis Meriweather's screenplay "Fuckbuddies", that recently wrapped filming, starring Natalie Portman.

The IMDB also lists a number of mainstream films with the word 'fuck' in the title.

Unfortunately, a movie title containing the 'F-word' is difficult to get past the Motion Picture Association of America that doles out film ratings, with or without censoring asterisks, as the MPAA will not register a film that contains 'offensive language' in the title.

"Any title where stand-in symbols can be interpreted as meaning something obscene, profane or salacious would be denied registration", said the MPAA.

In 2008, when the Weinstein Co. released "Zack and Miri Make a Porno", newspapers/TV refused to advertise the film because of the word 'porno', with Salt Lake City ultimately banning the film.

Actor Bill Shatner, star of the new CBS comedy series "$#*! My Dad Says", wishes the network would just call his show for what it is.

"I wish they would just call it 'shit'," said Shatner.
"The word is all around us. It isn't a terrible term. It's a natural function..."

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