Rather, the lack thereof. The gangsters in the film should be incredibly foul-mouthed, even the kids, and its kind of jarring that they’re not. To the extent the movie is about the conversion and transformation of one of the gangsters (its hard to tell from the trailer), a change in language would be one way to do that.
The problem is that for Mormons like me it would be also incredibly jarring if the gangsters were foul-mouthed, even if the obscenities were being used to make a worthwhile and moral point.
I almost think that the best thing to do would be to bleep the dialogue. It would create the sort of dissonance and alienation that we feel from the crude way that people talk, without being so vulgar. But that has its own disadvantages.
What’s a Mormon artist who wants a Mormon audience to do?
P.S. I’m most interested in responses that aren’t along the lines of, ‘Mormon audiences need to grow up, the prudes.’