Martin Scorsese’s newest film, The Wolf of Wall Street, has been honored with countless nominations since its premiere. But now, it finally has one trophy squarely under its belt with the dubious honor of setting a new record for the number of f-bombs in a US feature film.
Standing at 506, Wolf’s f-word count trounces Spike Lee’s 1999 film, Summer of Sam, which bombarded audiences with 435 instances of the Word Which Shall Not Be Named. And all that in just under 180 minutes, compared to Summer of Sam’s 142.
But, then, we’re talking about Marty Scorsese here, so surprise shouldn’t be on the list of acceptable reactions to this four-letter news. Scorsese’s past films like Casino, Goodefellas, and The Departed had 422, 300, and 237 f-bombs, respectively. It is a word the director knows well.
Unfortunately, though, Scorsese will have to up his potty mouth game if he wants the title of “Most Vulgar Film Ever.” That honor currently belongs to a 2005 documentary (title, naturally, the f-word) that uses the f-word some 857 times in just over 90 minutes.
What’s more, Scorsese’s film might not even be in the top two most f-word-y movies. The second place spot, according to Film School Rejects, actually belongs to the 2008 Canadian horror film, Gutterballs, with 625 f-bombs total.
Come on, Marty. You’re better than that.