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R| 1 hr. 29 min.

Plot Summary
Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman), a 40-year-old misanthrope, makes waves at a regional spelling bee when, due to a loophole in the rules, he is allowed to enter -- and later wins. Hurling insults at every turn, Guy advances to the national contest in Los Angeles, accompanied by a reporter (Kathryn Hahn) who wants to discover his hidden motives for entering the bee. As the competition gears up, friendless Guy inexplicably forms a bond with a young speller who is feeling parental pressure to win.

Cast: Jason Bateman , Kathryn Hahn , Rohan Chand , Philip Baker Hall , Allison Janney , Ben Falcone , Anjul Nigam , Bob Stephenson

Director: Jason Bateman

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Focus Features

Bad Words (2014)

Release Date: March 14th, 2014|1 hr. 29 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Bad Words, starring Jason Bateman in a tour de force of comic wickedness, takes sinful pleasure in rubbing our noses in the toxic joys of revenge. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's tough to summon sufficiently negative language to describe the unfunny, desperate mess that is Bad Words. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    For precursors of Guy's perversity, one would have to go back to W.C. Fields, who made antic art out of his characters' abhorrence of children. show more

  • April 14, 2014 aspenparkrc
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    I'm a fan of Jason Bateman, but this movie was a disappointment. A little too mean spirited toward random kids for no particular reason and not as funny as I was hoping.

  • April 13, 2014 jq00000000191684
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    For Jason Bateman's first time directing, I liked the fact that he kept the movie light hearted, while addressing a sadder truth. One criticism I have (small) is that he spoke too softly in some scenes making the punch-line delivery a little weak.

  • April 12, 2014 op00000000136223
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    This movie was halarious - start to finish. Not a bad story either. Movie critics need to be a little less pompous and get a life! It funny how certail movies are panned and are in multiple theaters in the same complexes many times a day and others are dumped in 2 weeks. This was a very good movie which got no recognition - which it well deserved.

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Jason Bateman, Let's Talk About 'Bad Words,' Child Stars, and Swearing in Front of Kids (VIDEO)

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Moviefone Staff on Mar 13th, 2014 4:45PM

This week, Jason Bateman makes his feature-length directorial debut with "Bad Words," a dark comedy about spelling bees, sore losers, and adults seeking revenge for something that happened in their...

'Bad Words' Red Band Trailer: Jason Bateman Has a Potty Mouth (VIDEO)

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Jenni Miller on Dec 10th, 2013 2:15PM

Sometimes it's easy to forget that Jason Bateman is so much more than the beleaguered patriarch in "Arrested Development." Then he makes a movie like "Horrible Bosses" or "Identity Thief" and shows...

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