F-bombs were dropping on the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night like ducks from the sky during hunting season. It was a display of potty-mouthed excess the likes of which I have never seen on live television. Adult men (and a couple of women) took the stage one after the other in giddy anticipation of that exciting moment when they would be able to let fire a naughty word or two (mostly the F word and the S word) in a misguided effort to impress the teens and young adults they so desperately need to buy tickets to their frequently lousy ...
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