GoodFellas, and Why It’s the F#@%in’ Ninth Wonder of the World.

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It’s difficult to say how much I remain in awe of director Martin Scorsese’s violent, 1990 opus, GoodFellas, above. Meanwhile, on the internet, my use of Wikipedia is second only to the attention I give Google.

So, imagine my surprise when, looking up GoodFellas on Wikipedia, I came across a detail that blew up my appreciation of both.

It was a single sentence, the fourth paragraph in the Wiki page that chronicles the film’s rich history:

“The word “fuck” is used in the film approximately 300 times,[2] ninth most in film.”

Utterly blew my mind. Not the 300 times part. The “ninth most in film” part. My first, immediate thought was, “Somebody counted that?”

Turns out someone did, on the Wikipedia “List of films that most frequently use the word ‘fuck.’” I won’t even spoil it for you, except to say that 1) 2005′s fecal-tongued The Aristocrats came in #183 on the 187-film list, and that 2) Spike Lee, for all his sanctimony, has a place of honor on it. As they say, seein’ is believin’. Check it out.

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#1 Kelly on 01.21.10 at 6:05 pm

Oh, I love this list! I honestly thought The Big Lebowski might make the honor roll; guess I’d been underestingating how much “fuck” is out there in other films.

I loved Goodfellas too; only saw it for the first time a few years ago.

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