Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker:

It’s astonishing, for instance, that the movie system is so hooked still on counting swear words. The peculiar result is that movies that many parents would be more than happy to have their tween and teen children see are off-limits without an accompanying adult […]

“Once,” a gentle movie about creative collaboration, in which the romantically-inclined couple does not even kiss, but Glen Hansard does say “fook,” in an Irish accent thick enough that you’re not entirely sure what he’s saying, was rated R. So was “The King’s Speech,” an uplifting story about a man conquering a speech impediment, in which Colin Firth utters “fuck” several times in a lightly comic scene involving a vocal exercise.

Also some clever commentary on the way public figures choose their (bad) words.