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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

Buy A Christmas Caroline for $10! "for those who prefer their sentimentality seasoned with a dash of cynical wit. A quick, enjoyable read...straight out of Devil Wears Prada"--The Wall Street Journal

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    Non-Controversy Over the Other F Word

    By Kyle | July 7, 2011

    Jennifer Aniston’s watchout-boy-she’ll-chew-you-up character in “Horrible Bosses” calls her underling “a little faggot” for resisting her advances. Half-hearted attempt to whip up a little outrage ensues in the Daily Beast, which ponders whether the word should simply be extinguished from the language. But she’s horrible. Everything her character says is supposed to be shocking, inappropriate and offensive. Are screenwriters supposed to fail to avail themselves of shocking language?

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