Bad Words

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  88 min.
Release Date: March 28, 2014
DVD: July 8, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 4.17
based on 38 votes and 9 reviews
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Cast: Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand


When he finds a loophole in the rules and regulations of the National Quill Spelling Bee, Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman), a 41-year-old high school dropout, enters. Cranky, badly-behaved and foul-mouthed, he's determined to win at all costs.

He gets through the regionals, then, at the national level, he meets young competitor Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), a sweet, innocent boy who doesn't seem to notice Guy's nasty demeanor.

An investigative journalist finally uncovers Gus' true motivation for competing.

Director: Jason Bateman
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Sean McKittrick, Mason Novick, Jason Bateman
Screenplay: Andrew Dodge
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  • 3 stars "much better than originally thought - very funny in parts"
  • 3 stars "found it funny and entertaining."
  • 3 stars "found this dark comedy funny and entertaining. Admittedly, the tone of the humour is not for everyone, but I enjoyed it a lot."