Bad Words

Bad Words

Bad Words

Jason Bateman directs and stars in this comedy about a cranky, foul-mouthed, fortysomething high-school dropout who, through a registration loophole, enters a national children's spelling bee and ruthlessly sets out to destroy his pint-sized competition.

"Trilby (Bateman) slashes and burns through the regionals, then, at the national level, he meets legitimate competitor Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), a seemingly ingenuous boy unfazed by the older man's misanthropic mien. Trilby's motivation for destroying the hopes of thousands of young spellers is finally revealed, but not before he comes up against bee director Dr. Bernice Deagan (Allison Janney), who employs a steely glare that would make Nurse Ratchett quiver. Utilising the same deft timing and strong grasp of emotional motivations that he has exhibited in his numerous winning comic performances of the last decade, Bateman has created a dark, raucous comedy." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2013Rating: MUSA
Comedy
88%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Bateman makes an auspicious directing debut with this exuberantly foul-mouthed and mean-spirited comedy.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The performances are funny, appealing and, in the case of Allison Janney, as a spelling bee official, wonderful.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A tart, likable comedy that must have been pitched as "Spellbound meets Bad Santa".

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A scouringly funny tale of ill-conceived revenge.

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Loved it. Bateman's deadpan delivery is always funny. Having said that, if you don't like him, you probably won't like this.

4.0
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This is the perfect Jason Bateman movie. It's funny without being in your face and it's clever in an understated way. A fantastic support cast mean that Bad Words is incredibly well acted and the writing was superb. Bateman's character is much more complex than he originally seems. The film develops at a good rate and while some of the actions are...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Bateman makes an auspicious directing debut with this exuberantly foul-mouthed and mean-spirited comedy.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The performances are funny, appealing and, in the case of Allison Janney, as a spelling bee official, wonderful.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A tart, likable comedy that must have been pitched as "Spellbound meets Bad Santa".

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A scouringly funny tale of ill-conceived revenge.

0

Loved it. Bateman's deadpan delivery is always funny. Having said that, if you don't like him, you probably won't like this.

4.0
0

This is the perfect Jason Bateman movie. It's funny without being in your face and it's clever in an understated way. A fantastic support cast mean that Bad Words is incredibly well acted and the writing was superb. Bateman's character is much more complex than he originally seems. The film develops at a good rate and while some of the actions are...

4.0
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