Bad Words
Bad Words (2014)

Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy Bad Words. Mr. 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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Scabrously funny and gleefully amoral, Bad Words boasts one of Jason Bateman's best performances -- and proves he's a talented director in the bargain.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

I didn't like anything about the movie before discovering what Guy is up to. I actively hated it after I figured out what was actually going on.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...a withering send-up of our kid-obsessed culture, in which childhood has been reimagined as a procession of parent-directed accomplishments.

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Robert Everett-Green
Globe and Mail

The laughs in this film are all mean-spirited or just frat-boy gross.

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday

In his directorial debut, Bateman casts himself as a foul-mouthed, racist jerk. It's a stretch for the nice-guy actor, but the role doesn't suit him.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

[Allison Janney's] presence on any show or movie ultimately has a kind of 'Poochie' effect: whenever she's not on screen you just expect everyone else to be wondering, "Where's Janney?", hoping that somehow spirits her back.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Almost unrelenting in its takedown both of an American institution and the country's obsession with victories big and small, Bad Words is more misanthropic fantasy than satiric fiction.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

While Bad Words is only sporadically funny, Bateman throws himself into the role without shame or ego. The film is also his directing debut, and a very capable one.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Bad Words is a worthwhile -- if predictable -- dark comedy, particularly for those with a somewhat cruel sense of humor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
The end justifies the mean. Good comedic movie! Bad Words is a short, sweet and unexpectedly dark comedy with instances of pure vulgarity and vileness that is… More
Julie B
Worth it for the kid alone.
Drake Tsui
Funny, edgy, well written and it's refreshing to see Bateman in something good since I was disappointed with a couple of his earlier films (Horrible… More
Nate Zoebl
Given the premise, you'd be right to assume that there are many easy laughs when it comes to Bad Words. A grown man (Jason Bateman, making his directing… More
KJ Proulx
In one of Jason Bateman's best comedic performances (while also his first time directing), "Bad Words" is one of the funniest, yet heartfelt… More
Markus Robinson
I did laugh, I will not deny it. In fact, I laughed plenty...during the first half. Watching children verbally berated on-screen for laughs is always a… More