The word is so overused now that it's lost a lot of its power. Certainly its power to shock, And that's a shame. Well, I think it's a shame. It's a word that needs to be kept in check, I feel, particularly during conversation. If you're dropping the F bomb all the time you sort of run out of metaphorical ammunition. The F word coming out of the mouth of someone who almost never uses it, is really the only time it packs a punch anymore. I mean, inveterate users of the F word only have one other choice: the "C" word. But the "C" word is not as all purpose as the F word. The C word really can't be used as a verb, for example. Fuck, on the other hand, lends itself to any grammatical situation. It's a verb, a noun, an adjective, etc.
So, I've been watching Only Murders in the Building. I love it! It's witty, sophisticated, whimsical, imaginative and charming. Which is why it doesn't need to use "fuck" in the dialogue; which it does, fairly often. I mean, it doesn't really need to use the word at all. "Fuck" seems out of place coming out of the character's mouths. Even the edgy, angry at the world Mabel character. I mean, why are they using it so often? They don't have to. I mean, if they want the characters to swear, why not have them come up with creative, witty, whimsical variations? Like "fuckerini" which is in the play I'm doing right now (Neil Simon). It would be way funnier and in tune with the show's tone. Might I suggest: Fuggaboo-boo, fudge it, fuckadelic, fuckawalladingding, fuckalicious, etc. It could become a running joke on the show. Come on Steve Martin you can do better than that. I mean, you already have one of the best fuck scenes on film. Let me rephrase that: you appear in one of the best movie scenes to feature the word "fuck."
I remember seeing Heathers in 1989 at the movies. I was twenty-three or so. So, I'd certainly heard the word fuck plenty of times. But I vividly recall being shocked by that movie's use of the F word; because here they were putting the by then prosaic swear into rather baroque exclamations coming out of the mouths of prom queens. "Fuck me getnly with a chainsaw!" comes to mind. See, it is only creativity which can now restore the F word's impact.
So, here's a clip somebody put together of what they feel are Hollywood's best "fuck you" moments. Taken out of context, they quickly become monotonous. And I think it points up my idea that the use of the word "fuck" in any artistic context, now requires more thought and creativity as to its use. Fuckin' A, baby!
Thank you and..
Addendum: So, I just watched Season 2 Episode 4 of Only Murders... and Nathan Lane gave an F-word laden speech to Martin Short and I have to say, it was some first class fuckery. Keep it up OMITB!