History of Swear Words
Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

A hilarious & naughty lesson in History of Swear Words

Netflix continues to always have something for everyone to watch with their new series History of Swear Words. Collaborating with production Companies: Funny or Die and B17 Entertainment, Netflix gives viewers an education in expletives. It’s the history lesson you didn’t know you needed, and it’s hosted by Nicolas Cage. 

The series is a loud and proudly profane series that explores the origins, pop culture-usage, science, and cultural impact of curse words. Through interviews with experts in etymology, pop culture, historians, and entertainers, the six-episode series dives into the origins of “F**k,” “Sh*t,” “B*tch,” “D**k,” “Pu**y,” and “Damn.”

Throughout six twenty-minute episodes, History of Swear Words is hilarious and, dare I say, a thought-provoking look at profanity. Showrunner Bellamie Blackstone was very passionate about this project. Instead of showing random clips, it gives us some of the words and the history behind the words. For example, Benjamin K. Bergen, a Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego, provides excellent commentary on the “F” word. The way he breaks down and explains how its used makes so much sense once you learn the context. No matter what the situation, you can generally find a way to use the “F” word.

This sentiment carries over to the remaining five episodes, with each one breaking down the appropriate or inappropriate times to use a swear word and how much it has changed over the years. I would have to say my favorite episode was the “B*tch” Episode, where guests, including female comics such as Kim Booster, Nikki Glaser, and Sarah Silverman, all delight in using the word. Now I’m not condoning ever calling a woman out of her name, but it was refreshing to hear the ladies take ownership of a once seen vile word, reclaim it, and turn the word into something positive.

I also have high praise for episode 2, which focuses on the “Sh*t” word. This episode features great commentary from The Wire actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. whose usage of the word made him an overnight sensation. Credit must also go to comics Nick Offerman and DeRay Davis, who provide hilarious commentary throughout the series duration as well.

Our host Nicolas Cage brings his nouveau shamanic acting style to every opening and closing of the show. Yes, Mr. Cage has had some stinkers over the years. However, I’ve always admired his method of acting in his early films. History of Swear Words is all about Mr. Cage having fun, and it wouldn’t surprise me if, at some point, he plays a comedian on screen. Whether we get a season 2 or if Netflix decides to start a “History of” franchise, I hope Cage stays on as host. I would love to see his nouveau shamanic take on the history of slang words or memes.

Featuring classic movie clips, funny montages, and insightful social commentary, History of Swear Words is a great watch if you need a quick laugh. Each episode is just the right length, and the series never overstays its welcome.

Final Grade: B+

History of Swear Words is available to stream on Netflix on 7 January

Movie Clappers

More to explorer

Small Engine Repair

Small Engine Repair is a different look at male bonding

Playwright John Pollono adapts one of his plays in Small Engine Repair from Vertical Entertainment for the big screen. Frankie (John Pollono), Swain (Jon Bernthal), and Packie (Shea Whigham) are lifelong friends who share a love of the Red Sox, rowdy bars, and Frankie’s teenaged daughter Crystal (Ciara Bravo).

Wild Indian

Wild Indian is an intense character study

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. makes an impressive directorial debut in Wild Indian from Vertical Entertainment. Decades after covering up his classmate’s murder, Michael (Michael Greyeyes) has moved on from his reservation and fractured past. Upon release from prison, Ted-O (Chaske Spencer), a man who shares his violent secret, seeks vengeance

Reminiscence

Reminiscence is a mixture of movies you’ve seen before

Director Lisa Joy reunites The Greatest Showman co-stars Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson in Reminiscence from Warner Bros. Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), a private investigator, navigates the minds darkly fascinating world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© Copyright Reviews & Dunn. All rights reserved

website designed by Red Robin Digital designers