Bad Words

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Released 2014

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Director:
Jason Bateman
Released:
2014
Rating:
R
Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy, Bad Words. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life. Critics rave, Bad Words is "the funniest, smartest, most entertaining comedy in a long time!" (Pete Hammond, Movieline)

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  • 68

    Film.com Jordan Hoffman

    While Bad Words is a little too dopey to take seriously, this is compensated for with a handful of truly amusing sequences.

  • 67

    indieWIRE Eric Kohn

    It's less of a showcase for Bateman's ability to direct comedic storytelling than simply to make people laugh, which makes Bad Words a sufficiently vulgar playground.

  • 25

    The Playlist Kevin Jagernauth

    Bad Words wants so desperately to be funny that there isn't much time left to make any logic out of the story.

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