Someone has proclaimed this the new record for F-bombs. Another Hollywood high mark. Scorsese often has hundreds of F-bombs in his films about crooks. But this takes the cake.
"That was a badge of honor for me, to be in a Martin Scorsese movie and say the F-word," actor-director Rob Reiner told a TMZ.com interviewer in a parking lot. When he was reminded about the movie's 500-plus curse count, he smiled and said, "I don't worry about that."
Though the movie's stars are sounding worried about that, as the film has limped at the box office since its profane debut on Christmas day. (Happy birthday, Jesus!) It drew an "awful" score of C from ticket-buyers on Cinemascore, and bad word of mouth could be behind its declining sales. The Daily Beast is selling the movie's 21 craziest moments, calling the film an "outrageously depraved orgy of sex, cocaine, and midget-tossing."
In several interviews, actor Jonah Hill, who fought his way into being cast in the movie, tried to argue that naysayers are misunderstanding it, which he's painting as a very profane morality tale.
"I personally take away the message from the film that this behavior, this lifestyle, leads to a very bad ending," the actor told Variety. "I think the movie is not glorifying this behavior, it is showing that it leads to bad places whether their judicial punishment doesn't reflect that is one thing. Where your life ends up, who you are as a person, is another."
The movie's top star, Leonardo DiCaprio, broke out what should be called the "Howard Stern defense." When you're incredibly perverse, praise your work for its "honesty" to the human condition. The director is being "unapologetic" as the film "shakes the foundations of society."
Scorsese isn't really trying to scold Wall Street. He's being a cinematic sensationalist, a linguistic and sexual exhibitionist. He wants this to be dramatically over the top, even while everyone proclaims it's incredibly true to life.
Critics have generally liked the movie, considering the director's renown in Hollywood. But not everyone. On NPR's Dec. 23 "The Diane Rehm Show," David Denby of The New Yorker was harsh. "I dislike it and I'm a big Scorsese fan. I think it's a fake. By that, I mean under the guise of being a satirical attack on this obscene, disgusting, over-the-top, profane sexist behavior on Wall Street, it is itself an example of over-the-top obscene, profane, disgusting."