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MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Words

Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 09:35 AM CDT
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By Cody Villafana, CineSnob.net

Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand
Directed by: Jason Bateman (debut)
Written by: Andrew Dodge (debut)

As the actor who had his career completely rejuvenated by the classic TV show “Arrested Development,” it is perhaps fitting that those words are the best description of Jason Bateman’s character in a seminal moment of his filmmaking career. Playing the role of Guy Trilby, a man who enters a spelling bee for children, Bateman makes his feature film directorial debut in the foul-mouthed comedy “Bad Words.”

Finding a loophole in the rules for “The Golden Quill” spelling bee, Guy Trilby (Bateman) decides to hijack a children’s spelling be for motives unknown. As he gets to the big contest, he runs into a 10-year-old named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand) who follows Guy around, wanting desperately to be his friend. Annoyed by both Chaitanya and the reporter following him around for his story played by Kathryn Hahn, Guy must avoid distractions laid forth by the spelling bee organizers to try and achieve his goal.

For a guy who has been playing straight-man roles for years, (with the exception of a couple of projects) Bateman proves to be fully adept at playing a petulant prick. In fact, the films highest moments come as Bateman and first-time screenwriter Andrew Dodge combine to create some truly creative obscenities, in front of children no less. As his onscreen partner for most of the film, Chand’s personality is infectious. While he might give the occasional overenthusiastic line reading, he provides a really fun companionship and foil to Bateman’s character. CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review...

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Words

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