Monday, March 17, 2014

Bad Words
Opens March 14, 2014 (Limited, Expanding 3/28)
1 hr 29 min
R | Language, Crude and Sexual Content and Brief Nudity


Director: Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman as Guy Trilby
Allison Janney as Dr. Bernice Deagan
Kathryn Hahn as Jenny Widgeon
Rachael Harris as Eric Tai's Mother
Ben Falcone as Pete Fowler
Judith Hoag as Petal Dubois
Beth Grant as Irene
Philip Baker Hall
Patricia Belcher as Ingrid
Rohan Chand as Chaitainya
Anjul Nigam as Sriram
Michael Patrick McGill as Beet-Red Father
Bob Stephenson as Bill Murhoff
Steve Witting as Proctor
Greg Cromer as Jeremy

Review by Terence H.

A much more comically mature Jason Bateman stars in his own directorial debut movie Bad Words. In the film it seems an easy task for him to make an ordinarily boring and mundane series of events into the hilarious. With the help of child actor Rohan Chand (Chaitanya Chopra), he makes it unexpected, fun, and elusive at the same time. This spelling bee savant set out on a journey to exact revenge in his later years for a misdeed done to him in his past.

Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) is a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of a respected national spelling bee. Guy creates chaos as he tears thru the spelling bee competitions consisting of pre-teens along with their angry parent, and spelling bee officials. Tabloid reporter, Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn), makes numerous attempts to discover his true reasons for the deeds that he is committing. During his journey, he meets a young East Indian contestant who he corrupts in a manner that only can be compared to Bad Grandpa. Guy exposes Chaitanya to the offbeat, wilder side of life.

Overall, the reason I enjoyed this film is that I love the characters, and the underline heart felt tone. Although we have seen Bateman in many comedies in the past, this film has a much more moralistic tone, which was balanced out with some hilariously perfect moments. That being said, it’s one of the films to see this year for good laughs.


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