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 his fangs a little bit. Well, Bateman's leaving Michael Bluth far behind in his feature-length directorial debut "Bad Words."

As you can see in this red band trailer, Bateman plays a middle school dropout named Guy Trilby who takes great joy in beating children in spelling bees and is just generally a cretinous jerk. Kathryn Hahn plays a reporter named Jenny Widgeon who's interested in what exactly Guy's damage is (and/or hooking up with him again). Then there's Chaitanya (Rohan Chand). He's Guy's spelling bee nemesis! He's also totally adorable and kicks butt at spelling, so Guy takes him under his wing and debauches him while also snagging some spelling tips. Cue awkward and inappropriate trans-generational dude bonding.

Rachael Harris, Allison Janney, and Ben Falcone co-star in this blacker than black comedy. This is Andrew Dodge's first credited screenplay.

Focus Features is releasing "Bad Words" on March 21.
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Bad Words
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Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman), a 40-year-old misanthrope, makes waves at a regional spelling bee when, due... Read More