In the very early 19th Century, a man named Thomas Bowdler worried that the works of William Shakespeare, with their racy implications of sex and naughty words, were too spicy for the women and children of the world.  To spare the pearl-clutching cataleptic fits that might come from unexpurgated reading of “Out, damned spot!”, Bowdler edited and represented the work of the Bard in sanitized form, forever tying his name to the process of disguising offensive content.  I mention all this solely because I watched ‘The Breakfast Club’ on basic cable last night, with its defanged cries of “You piece of slime!” and “Flip you!”, all the while leaving in the underage consumption of marijuana and the implications of teen sex in the library.  No matter how you feel about the not-even-close-to-Anthony-Michael-Hall voice used, we can all agree that subbing in “Eat my socks” was probably unnecessary, leading to today’s *BLEEP*ed query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always “misquoted”) thinks that the pinnacle will always bethe classic bowdlerized line from ‘The Big Lebowski’, “You see what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?” moment, which is actually funny, in a meta way, asking: What film would you NEVER want to watch in bowdlerized form?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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5 Comments

  1. April 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    I can’t think of anything. I find a lot of censor attempts to make something fit arbitrary TV standards quite comical, so it adds a certain new enjoyment to something I’ve already seen many, many times. Back in Jr. High and High School (and sometimes even now), my friends and I used edited for TV lines as playful insults, even saying them in an altered tone of voice to add to the comical effect.

  2. Ian
    April 10, 2016 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Not a film, but the TV series Deadwood

  3. April 10, 2016 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    In the words of Shirley from Community:
    “Pulp Fiction? Yeah, I saw it on an airplane. It’s cute. It’s a 30 minute film about a group of friends who like cheeseburgers, dancing, and the Bible.”

  4. April 10, 2016 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    As I have previously said, not a fan of these kind of treatments at all in any media. One that came first to my mind in film was any Tarantino movie.

  5. Jeffrey C
    April 11, 2016 at 7:01 am — Reply

    My first thought was also Pulp Fiction. I also came up with the Wolf on Wall Street.

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