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Why Are Boston Accents So Wicked Awful in Movies? A Video Explainer.  

Johnny Depp (in Black Mass, due out Friday) and Chris Pine (The Finest Hours, coming next year) are the latest actors to attempt Boston accents. Early footage suggests they are also the latest to fumble them, at least partly. Why does Hollywood almost always get the tricky Beantown dialect wrong?

In the video above, Boston native Seth Stevenson demonstrates the do’s and don’ts of non-rhoticity, the intrusive r, and the broad a. Soon enough, you’ll be pahking cahs, sawring wood, and taking a bahth.

Thanks to Professor Thom’s in New York for use of its bahh.