NSFW Warning: Unlike a PG-13 movie, the F-word is used 14 times in this article. Consider yourself warned.
Since it's incarnation in 1984, the PG-13 rating has accommodated the restrained use of profanity under its regulatory guidelines, with the MPAA issuing out F-bombs to these 'borderline-offensive' movies like a well-oiled socialist ration line: one each.
This restriction has resulted in filmmakers having to carefully consider their 'one-and-done' bombing raid, making sure every curse counts. Of course, some films have gotten away with a more liberal sprinkling of expletives (Million Dollar Baby was cheeky enough to slip four F-words by!), but most must make do with a single, well timed 'fuck.'
There's nothing better than an expertly implemented curse, and nothing worse than unnecessarily gratuitous dialogue. As Mayor of Detroit Coleman A. Young once said, “Swearing is an art form" and these profane-perfectionists are the very best artists in the business...
1. X-Men: First Class (2011)
Bomb dropped by: Wolverine
Delivery method: "Go fuck yourself."
Hugh Jackman has a brief yet memorable scene in X-Men: First Class, in which Xavier and Lehnsherr enter a dive bar asking for Wolverine's help. The grizzled superhero isn't too happy to see them, and has a succinct yet clear response. Watch the colorful clip below:
Short, sweet and straight to the point - that's the Wolverine we know and love!
2. Skyfall (2012)
Bomb dropped by: M
Delivery method: "I fucked this up, didn't I?"
In a lot of ways, Skyfall was as much about M as it was Bond, and signaled the end of the legendary agent's storied career. This unforgettable line cashed out the film's one F-word at the perfect moment, adding poignancy and desperation to M's emotional struggle.
3. Anchorman (2004)
Bomb dropped by: Ron Burgundy
Delivery method: "Go fuck yourself, San Diego."
A classic line from a classic film - Ron Burgundy's place on this list was cemented as soon as I first saw the movie. The slimy newscaster delivers this F-bomb with such comedic aplomb, Will Ferrell looks like he's holding back the giggles even as he says it.
4. Dodgeball (2004)
Bomb dropped by: White Goodman
Delivery method: "Fuckin' Chuck Norris."
The makers of Dodgeball really saved the best until last, playing their explicit trump card at the very end of the movie. Watching a fat Ben Stiller curse action movie star Chuck Norris while munching on a chicken drum stick was more than worth the wait!
5. Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
Bomb dropped by: Hannah Weaver
Delivery method: "Will you take off your shirt ... Fuck! Seriously? It's like you're Photoshopped!"
Emma Stone only said what all of us were thinking. Gosling's body is truly outrageous and absolutely deserved the mesmerized 'fuck' it inspired. The movie's screenwriter, Dan Fogelman, said:
Making a PG-13 movie, it's always a pick-and-choose battle of where do you want to use one because, often with improvisation, a couple of F-words will creep into the movie. So you want to pick the best one, the most appropriate one.
I think they nailed it.
6. Bruce Almighty (2003)
Bomb dropped by: Bruce Nolan
Delivery method: "I'm Bruce Nolan for Eyewitness News. Back to you, fuckers!"
Jim Carrey may be God, but he still can't break MPAA guidelines. Luckily, his benevolent wisdom and comic timing led him to this gem of a line:
7. Be Cool (2005)
Bomb dropped by: Bruce Nolan
Delivery method: "Do you know that unless you're willing to use the R rating, you can only say the 'F' word once? You know what I say? Fuck that. I'm done."
This one earns its place on the list for its delightfully clever meta-commentary. Being a PG-13 movie, this is the last time in the film that the word is used. He really did mean he was done.
8. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
Bomb dropped by: Vance
Delivery method: "Roses are red violets are blue, fuck you whore."
This charming little limerick written by a heartbroken Tom wonderfully sums up the sentiments of anyone recently dumped. Couldn't have said it better myself.
9. Forrest Gump (1994)
Bomb dropped by: Abbie Hoffman
Delivery method: "The war in Viet-fucking-nam!"
Abbie Hoffman gets political with his profanity in this classic scene from Forrest Gump. As comedian Lenny Bruce put it, “If you can't say "Fuck" you can't say, "Fuck the government.”
10. Live Free or Die Hard (2004)
Bomb dropped by: John McClane
Delivery method: "Yippie ki-yay mother fuck-" *blam*
With a catchphrase like this, it's a surprise the 4th Die Hard movie managed to wangle its PG-13 rating at all, but did so by saving McClane's iconic sign-off for its final moments. The film simply wouldn't have been complete without it.