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Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

‘Bad Words’ Movie Review: Ruthless and funny, better than its ‘bad’ title

Arrested Development star Jason Bateman gets his directional debut in Bad Words, also starring as the lead character, a 40-year-old Guy Trilby who has a lifelong desire to win the Spelling Bee. This is the backdrop of a funny, and at times, uncomfortably hilarious new comedy.

Jason Bateman Guy Trilby Bad Words photoThe idea of the middle-aged man entering a national spelling bee and competing with kids is interesting in and of it’s self. The character Trilby is a man on a mission, but no one can really figure out why.

After all he’s 40.

There’s a 10-year-old boy named Chaitanya (played by Rohan Chand), who really tries to be friends with Guy and his take no prisoners attitude.

That may be a kind description of Guy’s “crushing” of children’s feelings with his insults, which is as ruthless as they are funny.

Chand really does a great acting job, clashing attitudes with Bateman is what kept people laughing. In the end it’s these two characters bonding that really helps drive the movie home.

As the movie progressed you can’t help but try to figure out why Guy is so bitter (which is later revealed) as Bad Words does have it’s touching moments

Bateman is surrounded by a great supporting cast: Kathryn Hahn as the reporter who sponsors Guy’s attempt, Allison Janney as the “Bee” overseer and Phillip Baker Hall as the long time educator who will stop at nothing to keep the spelling bee scandal free.

Despite the title, Bad Words isn’t “bad” and is much better than the title may imply.

Overall Bad Words earns 3 out of 5 stars

Guest Reviewer: Doug Black

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