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Bad Words

  R HD Closed Captioning

Jason Bateman

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Plot Summary

Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy, Bad Words. 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 Chand), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 121
  • Fresh: 79
  • Rotten: 42
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: At heart, Bad Words is a nice little concoction about a fellow walking around with a deep emotional wound, who heals it, not by confronting the source of his troubles, but by healing a similar wound in someone else. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 20, 2014

Rotten: It's nasty enough, but it isn't so much funny as it is pathological. – Peter Keough, Boston Globe, Mar 20, 2014

Fresh: Bateman, who's so often the put-upon straight man, really stretches himself here. His deadpan delivery works just as well in the role of a wicked antihero as it does when he plays Michael Bluth in "Arrested Development." – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Mar 20, 2014

Fresh: Trashy, ribald laughs in the Bad Santa vein, this marks Bateman's directorial debut; it's not much to look at, but at least he has the nerve to push the insolence, profanity, and brutal insult humor to its absolute limits. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Mar 27, 2014

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Customer Reviews


There is a certian type of humor that you have to have with this movie. It is scabrously funny with black humor all around. The premise of comedy is to shock people into laughing because you do not know what they will say next. This movie does that and for it it wins one of the better comedies of the year so far in my book.

A Very Funny Movie.

The premise is simple and is used as a springboard for a plethora of dirty jokes and awkward situations. Jason Bateman does an excellent job in a role he could have been very unlikeable in but he wins you over.

So Good (if you’re looking for a Laugh)

Absolutely Hilarious! Perfect Title! The acting was amazing, I bet there were a million blooper scenes for this movie. Don’t know how he said some of those things with a straight face.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2014

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