Top 10 Uses of the F-Word in Non R-Rated Films
VOICE OVER: Matthew Wende
Written by Noah Baum
Moves can only have someone say the F-Word once, any more than that and the movie could go from PG-13 to a much more serious ranking! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Uses of the F-Word in Non R-Rated Films! But what will take the top spot on our list? John Travolta's use in Be Cool, Hugh Jackman's cameo as Wolverine in X-Men: First Class, or Ron Burgundy's overzealous reading of his teleprompter?
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You only get one chance to say it, so you’d best make it count. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Uses of the F-Word in Non-R-Rated Movies.
For this list, we’re looking at the most entertaining, most startling, and most memorable instances of the F-word appearing when it otherwise wouldn’t be allowed. For obvious reasons, viewer discretion is advised.
#10: Story Time
“Billy Madison” (1995)
The story of a man-child forced to repeat every year of grade school, “Billy Madison” isn’t the kinda film you’d expect to feature a ton of cursing – even if it is an Adam Sandler joint. Its hilarious F-bomb is dropped – surprisingly – while Billy is retaking the first grade. Story time turns into a rant-fest as Billy takes issue with the book his teacher, Miss Lippy, is reading to the class. We gotta say: Ms. Lippy’s reaction to Billy’s rant probably mirrored that of most audience members. Sandler’s been no stranger to the F-word since; but he’s never used it quite as successfully as he did here.
#9: The Rock Isn’t Here to Make Friends
“Fast Five” (2011)
After four Fast & Furious movies, audiences were beginning to want something more than exhilarating, blood-pumping car racing sequences. The introduction of Dwayne Johnson’s Agent Hobbs was a good way to shake things up in the franchise’s fifth instalment: case in point, his no-nonsense DSS agent delivers the film’s one F-bomb in a way that lets us know he means business. This scene perfectly outlines what we should expect from Hobbs, from his very specific list of demands, to the somewhat startling request that closes it out.
#8: White Gets His Just Desserts
“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004)
Chuck Norris has achieved a lot in his career, like winning fights against bears. Yes, plural. However, one lesser-known thing he’s done is cast this tie-breaking vote. Vince Vaughn’s Average Joes were allowed to play against, and win over, Ben Stiller’s super team in an epic game of dodgeball. While Vaughn’s Peter gets the girl and the prize money, Stiller’s White goes on a junk food binge and dons a repellent fat suit — er, gains some weight. In the film’s final scene, he laments his loss. His use of the F-word is both repulsive and kind of shocking — we didn’t know you could say that about Chuck Norris and live.
#7: An Honest Greeting Card
“(500) Days of Summer” (2009)
It’s been said that relationships can be creative fuel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Tom finds that out the hard way when he falls in love with Zooey Deschanel’s Summer. A trained architect turned greeting card writer, Tom’s devastating breakup with Summer leads to a decline in his output at work. One card in particular leads to an intervention with his boss, played by Clark Gregg. The payoff here is fantastic; from Gordon-Levitt’s general disinterest to Gregg’s nervous energy and pitch-perfect line reading, an anti-joke has never come across quite so well.
#6: The Hap-Hap-Happiest Christmas
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)
Christmastime tends to drive everyone a little nuts. From gift shopping to putting up with relatives you only see once a year, we can all admit that we’re happy when it’s over. Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold articulates this exact feeling in a less-than family-friendly way. Chase’s put-upon Griswold has had enough of his family’s unwillingness to embrace the Christmas spirit, and gets them onboard the only way he knows how — by keeping everyone trapped inside his house. His profane tap-dancing reference only goes to show that this won’t be a traditional family Christmas. Don’t piss him off, Art.
#5: A Sensible Reaction to Ryan Gosling’s Bod
“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (2011)
Ryan Gosling is a hunk. What’s the point of denying it? While he can play romantic, cool, calm, and collected, he also knows how to be a convincing player, like in Crazy, Stupid, Love. He plays up his image here, which explains Emma Stone’s character’s reaction to him removing his shirt. As someone who, up until this point, has been actively trying to resist his womanizing ways, the fact that Gosling is the proverbial full package, Stone understandably becomes flustered. Stone attempts to see right through her potential suitor’s methods and “moves,” and the F-word is the only way to get that across.
#4: Wacky Bruce
“Bruce Almighty” (2003)
We've all had bad days at work. Maybe you missed your morning coffee, or someone’s gossiping about you at the water cooler. However, it’s unlikely you’ve reacted quite like Jim Carrey’s Bruce Nolan. Following the news that he’s been passed up for a promotion in favor of Steve Carell’s Evan Baxter, Bruce… Bruce doesn’t take it so well. This particular F-word follows one of the best showcases of Carrey’s knack for zany physical comedy. It’s essentially the cherry on top of a man going completely bananas.
#3: Getting Meta
“Be Cool” (2005)
At this point, you might be wondering why we’re only counting down non-R-rated movies that use the F-word. In this scene between John Travolta’s Chili Palmer and James Woods’ Tommy Athens, the two friends discuss honesty – or rather dishonesty in their line of work – with the former also explaining his feelings about showbiz specifically. This F-word is great because it directly looks at the reason this list exists in the first place - and then completely subverts it in a very funny, very unexpected way. Maybe John Travolta should explain the ins and outs of the film industry more often.
#2: Ron Gets Deceived
“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004)
It’s no secret: Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy is kind of a dolt. All of his newscaster friends are dolts. But despite his lack of common sense and people skills, Burgundy is driven by his passion: reading the news. So when Christina Applegate’s Veronica Corningstone upstages him, he sets off a prank war. One that culminates in Ron being tricked into saying one of the words you generally shouldn’t say on television. The aftermath of the prank finds Ron in, well, a glass case of emotion. We, the audience, immediately realize the severity of Ron’s mistake, and all because of one single word. Maybe some of that Sex Panther would’ve kept his head straight.
Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
"Catch Me If You Can” (2002)
Meeting Abbie Hoffman
“Forrest Gump” (1994)
“White House Down” (2013)
#1: A Potty-Mouthed Cameo
“X-Men: First Class” (2011)
So this probably isn’t shocking to anyone, but we’ll start this entry by stating the obvious anyway: Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is not exactly the warm-and-fuzzy type. James McAvoy’s Professor X and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto learn this the hard way in “X-Men: First Class”: when approaching Logan to join their scrappy team of mutant misfits, they get a succinct, characteristic response. Although this wasn’t the last usage of the word in the franchise as we see in “Apocalypse”, it certainly gave audiences everything they loved about a fan-favorite character in just a few short seconds.