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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

watch it: “The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time” (so NSFW)


Alison Nastasi at Cinematical, where I found this, says that Harry Hanrahan has here gathered “some of cinema’s funniest and most profane put-downs.” So, if these are the greatest insults in movie history — and perhaps they are; perhaps they are — it’s distressing to see how many of them are gendered. How is a threat of rape an “insult”? Because it makes a man less of a man? How is a suggestion that a man had sex with another man’s mother an “insult”? Because it damages a man’s property by befouling one of the women who belong to him?

There are a lot of very clever insults here that manage to be, you know, deeply insulting without focusing on the implication that someone’s gender or sexuality is somehow wrong, or belongs to someone else. Only in a culture in which hetereosexual men are considered the norm and everyone else is considered deviant is this possible.



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  • i hated this thing, not just for the insults to men that implied they were women, but for the insults to women, and the lack of cleverness and total dependence on the usual four letter words. i have no objection to them as words, or even their usage, but like i used to tell my nephews… excessive use of them only makes you sound unimaginative.

  • Justanothernerd

    What’s more offensive is the way this video puts movies like Ghostbusters and The Princess Bride on the same level as, say, Dolemite. That’s criminal.

  • and *no* Johnny Dangerously…

  • Ide Cyan

    I think more women are insulted in that video than are the ones to say the insults. I only counted 8 women saying the insults, 9 if you include demon-possessed Regan from The Exorcist.

  • mortadella

    Lame. Really lame. I was expecting something more clever. Even if you subtracted the sexist stuff from this silly thing, it basically boils down to swear words. Is this Harry person old enough to drink? He seems to think the word “fuck” is funny just because someone says it out loud.

  • bats :[

    To be fair (and the insult video did get really old really fast), the 100 cheesiest lines video is a lot more entertaining.

  • Isobel

    I was waiting for the ‘I fart in your general direction’ quote the whole way through, and there it finally was. But yep, most of them were very unimaginative, nil point!

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