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Bad Words: Jason Bateman at the Spelling Bee?

Hello everybody! Today we have the random American black comedy, Bad Words.


STARRING: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney

DIRECTOR: Jason Bateman

GENRE: Black Comedy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

An adult, who has been a school dropout, finds a loophole in the regulations and participates in the largest spelling bee in the USA, The Golden Quill. His aim is to take revenge for something done to him in the past. The top of a large trophy depicts a bumble bee triumphantly holding up a torch overlooks an auditorium alive with activity. Parents and their children undergoing last minute preparations for the Big Day: The 15h Annual Regional Spelling Bee in Columbus, Ohio. Students practicing words, parents fixing their childrens collars or giving last minute pep talks all being watched by Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) as he stands by the complementary food table listening to classical music. A parent lumbers over and asks Guy which child hes there to support but Guy tells him that he’s not here to support anyone.

Bad Words is an interesting film to begin with. Its another one of the films you randomly find at Redbox in the middle of the week and you pop it in for shits and giggles. While I like Jason Bateman alot, there are many of his movies that I despise. Fortunately, this was not one of them.

Bad Words is what happens when you add Jason Bateman’s raunchy comedy to something as innocent as a children’s spelling bee. This does definitely lead to some incredibly hilarious scenes, especially against his main screen counterpart Rohan Chand. His ten year old personality, tendencies, and lack of experience contrast Bateman’s genius level of experience and overall dickishness.

While the majority of the film was actually pretty funny, the film suffered from some serious drawbacks. The sheer logic behind the movie is absolutely appalling. But hey, anything to make a hilarious buck right? Don’t even get me started on the plot holes or the character motivations. Lets just say that this is the kind of film you turn your brain off and laugh your ass off.


  • Main cast performance.
  • Character relationships.
  • Setting.


  • Premise.
  • Character motivations.
  • Plot holes.
  • Logic.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10 

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Brandon Stuhr

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