And count on BAD WORDS getting pretty dark when it comes to laughs.
Not only did Jason Bateman direct and co-produce this mean-spirited comedy, he stars in it as well.
In BAD WORDS Bateman plays Guy Trilby, a 40 year old with a photographic memory who finds a technical loophole in the rules and promptly enters–and HIJACKS—the National Spelling Bee.
All the while reporter Kathryn Hahn tries to get to the bottom of his true motivation—while HE gets to hers. Hahn’s determined search leads to sporadic and spirited sexual maneuvers with Bateman throughout the movie in the Bee’s convention hotel.
And then there’s 10 year old fellow contestant Chaitanya Chopra who goes out of his way to befriend Bateman only to be beaten down with stinging racist insults like to “Shut your curry-hole.”
You get the picture.
So it goes in a fast-moving 89 minutes of mean-spirited, sexist, foul-mouthed attacks.
The big question though is WHY? Why is Bateman’s character such an SOB?
But you’ll have to wait ’til the fat lady sings…..
It’s a vulgar, scathing comedy for BAD SANTA connoisseurs— at a spelling bee no less!
Jason Bateman’s dark directorial debut also features Philip Baker Hall and Allison Janney.
BAD WORDS scores a savage C+.
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