Is the F-word a comma or a noun?

The conundrum of the f-word being a comma or a noun was faced quite frequently in the movie Goodfellas.  With a shocking 300 f-words in a 2.5-hour span (that’s two f-bombs a minute), I think we can safely assume that the f-word is indeed a comma.  Once you get passed all the profanity (or not), the movie ends in a sort of satisfying way.  Henry does not die, but is instead trapped.  That does not make anyone want to punch him in his smug face any less, but at least he is not rolling in dough like he was before.

Like most “bad guys,” Henry got crazier as the movie progressed.  For example, he starts off the movie as a sort of decent kid that just wanted to fit in somewhere, so he got a job with the mob.  The worse thing he did was ditch school.  Years down the road, he is a paranoid drug dealer (and addict) using a fake babysitter to deliver his cocaine.  To me, this movie was a brother’s Grimm fairy tale because of the message it delivered.  The message was more of a “don’t do this or else…” warning.  This movie showed a very non-conventional way of making a living for one’s self without completing school.  A person can get what they want, wealth, family, love, sex, the American dream, but it’s not sustainable.  It was not obtained the “right” way so it is only temporary.

Though Henry’s journey to paranoid drug addict and later couch potato was well developed, Goodfellas was just way too long.  Besides the length, I completely hated the way the mob disregarded and treated their women.  Henry was quite passive when he hung out with his “boys,” remaining in the background of gatherings.  But when he got home to Karen, he could be seen beating her up or instantly leaving to go to his side chick.

Overall, I’m completely convinced Henry got what he deserved.  Justice is supposed to prevail against the wife beaters and it did in a very modern-esque way.  In today’s world, the death sentence is illegal all over (but not everywhere).  It would just make more sense for a person to take the plea deal or be the whistle blower, rather than die.  However, that is no excuse for beating up the lady.  Deadpool (his movie had at least one sort of profanity every minute) treated his lady better than anyone else in Goodfellas and he’s an insane, mutated mercenary!

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4 thoughts on “Is the F-word a comma or a noun?

  1. I admire how you weren’t afraid to point out all the negatives about a movie that was rated so highly by movie critiques. I agree with every point you made. It is very ironic that Dead pool treated his woman better than the men in Goodfellas but I guess when you’re a mob member you get so used to doing whatever you want that you maybe lose sight of those things. But at the same time that doesn’t justify any of Henry’s actions and I felt really bad for his wife throughout the film.

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  2. First of all: I hope you did not count all those f-words yourself! Secondly, although I completely get all your criticisms towards Henry, I actually find it a fascinating character. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t approve of his abusive and downright sadistic personality, but I couldn’t help but like his charm. I feel that the way he is portrayed in the film is absolutely genius, and I can totally get how all the ladies in the film are so swooned by him. Henry is the perfect example of a bad guy, someone you are supposed to stay away from, someone dangerous, but that makes him very attractive. He has this boyish charm and is downright handsome. Although you know he’s bad news, you cannot help but hope that deep down, he is a good guy. That’s also exactly why I felt that the ending was absolutely perfect. There is not much less attractive than a rat, so he completely lost all his charm by ratting out his mob. Knowing that he has to lead the rest of his life in a normal, plain house, picking up the newspaper in his bathrobe and slippers to me is the perfect punishment for a man of his caliber.

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  3. I agree 100% about how he deserved what he got for being who he was, yet still feel compelled to applaud the guy. He got out of the business is relatively one piece and got to keep his wife and kids.
    Which is another ironic thing, Karen can’t deal with a side chick being more than a wife but I’m sure that she knew about the mistress that was weighing the coke and didn’t give 3 shits about her.
    He did beat her yes, but he still needed her in the end. It’s a twisted and sick love, but it’s kinda sickeningly sweet.

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  4. To be honest his way of living WAS sustainable… he just didn’t listen to the people trying to help educate him. Anyways, I think that Henry was very lucky with the way things turned out but I would have to analyze the statement that he “got what he deserved.” All of the crimes he committed, and all the crimes he witnessed, and his treatment of some of the people around him makes me think otherwise. Living a boring life as a sentence after all of that doesn’t really seem equal. I believe that in the bigger picture, the film shows that at the end of the day, the whole “good guy” “bad guy” thing is doesn’t really matter when it comes to what the law wants- which seems like the real criminal. I mean this guy breaks all these laws that cops enforce then gets out of it because the cops can use him for their means… so obviously the laws he broke really don’t matter too much.

    ……I think a lot of laws are stupid haha

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