• Bad Words (2014)

Bad Words

Release Date: March 14th, 2014

DVD Release Date: July 8th, 2014

R |1 hr 25 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 drama , Drama

Production Co: Darko Entertainment, MXN Entertainment, Aggregate Films

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Amusing , Los Angeles , Pursuit , Transformation , Hilarious , 2010s , Mystery ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Choosing it for his debut as director, Bateman demonstrates the same knack for timing and fine shadings of attitude as he does onscreen. show more

  • 68
    Jordan HoffmanFilm.com

    While Bad Words is a little too dopey to take seriously, this is compensated for with a handful of truly amusing sequences. show more

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall 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

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