I really liked the movie “Knocked Up.” I thought it was very funny.
One thing that distracted me, though, was the language. It was in English, of course, but man, did they all cuss a lot. Even the characters who you wouldn’t expect to cuss all the time, cussed all the time.
People cussed to their parents and their parents cussed back to the kids. Not in anger, I mean, just in general, everyday conversation.
I’m not offended by it, but it sort of took me out of the story, because I never talked that way to my parents (as a kid or now), and no one I hung out with ever talked like that to their parents. And the parents never talked like that to us.
So when it kept happening in the movie, I kept thinking that it didn’t feel real to me. Not that there aren’t middle-class pretty blonde girls who cuss like sailors. There are, of course. But still, watching it made me think about whether it’s realistic, rather than being involved in the story without thinking at all.
So that didn’t work for me.
I just saw “Superbad.” I know, I’m the only person my age who hasn’t already seen it. The kids cuss even more than in “Knocked Up.”
But what I found really interesting was the gag reel (which I guess I have to accept is the new name for “bloopers”).
After one actor broke up a scene, another actor asked whether they should do the scene again, because: “you said the f-word.”
When the guy playing the foul-mouthed grandaddy of them all ruined a scene, he said, “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry.”
People say “oh my gosh” sometimes, when there’s no script and they’re not aiming to be “did-he-really-say-that” funny. I can be filthy, God knows, but I’m also known to say “yikes.” I wonder whether Apatow et al. will ever choose the less shocking word, just for variety.