Bad Santa, Bad Teacher, Bad Grandpa… all movies in which an authority figure who should by all accounts be a role model, but is actually a crass, profanity spewing ne’er-do-well who teaches young children to enthusiastically take on these characteristics. Now we have Bad Words. No, Jason Bateman’s character is not named Words, but he’s ‘bad’ all the same.
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Jason Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, 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. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.
R-rated comedies in which one of the main characters is a child are usually good for some laughs. There’s just something inherently funny about an F-bomb coming out of a 10-year-old’s mouth.
Bad Words, Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, screened at Sundance earlier this year and received a very positive reception among both critics and audience members. The comedy is set to be released on March 28th, 2014.