Bad Words

Bad Words

DVD - 2014
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Guy Trilby is a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. While reporter Jenny Widgeon attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward ten-year-old Chaitanya Chopra, who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life.
"Bateman's directorial debut is a brisk, brutally funny and pitch-black comedy."--Richard Roeper.
"For his directorial debut, Mr. Bateman acquits himself nicely, promising even better things to come."--Rex Reed.
"A scouringly funny tale of ill-conceived revenge."--Hollywood Reporter.
"The performances are funny, appealing and, in the case of Allison Janney, as a spelling bee official, wonderful."--New York Times.
"In this profanely funny comedy of bad manners and hurts that won't heal, Bateman shows the same skill as a filmmaker that he does as an actor. And that's something to see."--Rolling Stone.
Publisher: [United States] : Focus Features, 2014.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 89 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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May 30, 2019

It's dangerous to work with kids or animals in film because they easily steal the show. Rohan Chand plays the new friend to Jason Bateman during a national spelling bee. Their relationship is great. Bateman is throughly committed to his own character. He does not waver, even for a moment. Bateman treats Chand as an equal and their relationship is really cool. There is swearing in the film, and you might not want young kids to watch this. Thought this film was funny, and if you met Bateman's character in real life, you might think of him as a complete ass****!

caleherreman May 09, 2019

Jason Bateman plays Guy Trilby, certified genius and eighth-grade dropout, on a mission to disrupt a national spelling bee. He says some not-nice things, spells a few ridiculously long words, gets to the final round, befriends a very sweet, very serious nine-year-old boy named Chaitanya, partly because that kid won't leave him alone, and teaches him how to goof off.

The ridiculous premise is played straight: this troublemaker drops himself into a world of strict rule makers, and laughs ensue. But this movie, like Guy, turns out to have a heart. Guy and Chaitanya are great together, one a fatherless son, the other the son of an emotionally distant father. Rohan Chand, as the kid, is hilarious, and holds up his half of the movie. Laughter, rudeness, and sweetness- I really enjoyed this film.

Aug 13, 2018

Entertaining - mature man who immaturely takes over the spelling bee and befriends a young competitor while learning a few meaningful lessons.

May 20, 2018

What a ride! I loved this movie.

Feb 18, 2018

The premise for this movie had potential but it's unclear what audience they were trying to reach. Crude language and mean behaviour will make some people laugh but it's not humour and the dramatic message in this, if you strip away all of that, is too serious for a comedy. Not for children, even though many of the actors are. Not Jason Bateman's best role either ... I would recommend Game Night instead.

Oct 08, 2017

If you can handle wwwaaayyyy over the line humour, this movie is for you. Highly irreverent, silly, and sweet. Recommend.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I borrowed this DVD. I thought it might be something like the play, "The Putnam County Spelling Bee," which was performed in Lethbridge in 2015 or 2016. While featuring kids in a spelling competition, including one adorable Indo-American kid in particular (what a child prodigy at age 8!!), it is most definitely an ADULT movie, because of the no-holds-barred adult language and themes and scenes. Frankly, I thought it was very funny, with the bittersweet theme of child abandonment that is begun about one third through the movie, and left unsolved at the end.

Jun 09, 2017

A big part of the joke in this movie is that it's about words. And it's rated R for language.

Mar 05, 2017

Jason Bateman seems almost desperate to make kinda funny movies but this movie he was very mean and nasty to children I mean that is what he is like in most of his films but i think this movie took things a little too far .

Nov 21, 2016

Inventive and pretty hilarious. I've always liked Jason Bateman as well

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