Martin Scorcese is no stranger to controversy. After all, this is the man who made The Last Temptation of Christ, which pissed off a lot of people. However, Last Temptation was made a long time ago. Reagan was in office, we still feared the commies, and there was no internet to corrupt our morality with countless pictures of—uh hem—nekkid ladies. You wouldn’t think Marty could do much to shock people these days. But then The Wolf of Wall Street came along—a picture about greed and hedonism with tons of graphic sexual content and excessive drug use—and, sure enough, people were shocked.
Some say the film “glamorizes” hedonism, while others just don’t like all the swearing. But either way, fair or unfair, there’s been some criticism. And that criticism certainly isn’t going to let up now that The Wolf of Wall Street is officially the most vulgar non-fiction mainstream (i.e., non-porn) movie of all-time.
What do I mean by “most vulgar”? I mean Wolf has more f-bombs than any other movie in history—at least according to a new list on Wikipedia. The f word appears in the film in one shape or form a whopping 506 times in 179 minutes. That works out to 2.83 f-bombs per minute, or one every 21 seconds.
Congratulations, Mr. Scorsese. You’re a world record holder!