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: March 28, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2014
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Critic Score: 66% 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

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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Betsy Sherman
Arts Fuse

Although rather shallow in its characterizations, Bad Words makes up for this deficiency in its rollicking, R-rated demolition of a familiar character-building institution: the spelling bee.

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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

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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

Bateman has cornered the market on ornery average dudes with rapier wits.

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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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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

Chand holds his own opposite Bateman and steals much of the film with a deceptively ruthless cunning, hidden beneath the cutest, most innocent smile in the world.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Bateman's directorial debut didn't have too much fanfare attached, but that's been the case for the comedic actor, lately. Since Bateman's… More
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
Kevin M. Williams
Jason Bateman's directorial debut is a surprise, and in a good way, because its the best thing I've seen him in in awhile. And its one of those films… 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
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.