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Bad Words

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 (2013)

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

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  • October 05, 2014 Shannon Collins
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    So good!!! Jason Bateman is sooo good at these types of characters. I would watch this again. LOVED it

  • 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.

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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 March 13, 2014

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 December 10, 2013

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 hi...

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