Why excessive swearing is essential to Martin Scorsese’s The Departed

Maybe not. When asked by a fellow officer whether his department has any undercover cops in Costello’s gang, Dignam replies with a perfect tricolon: “Maybe. That’s roughly once every two minutes, making it only Scorsese’s fourth most profane film (The Wolf of Wall Street boasts a whopping 569 F-bombs). Swearing quickly becomes the currency of the film’s central preoccupation: how to make your way as a hard man in a hard town. Who needs the bard when you have blasphemy this good. The Departed is full of variations on this…