Bad Words

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Jason Bateman stars and directs his very first film in the over the top but hilarious comedy, Bad Words. Guy (Jason Bateman) is a 40-year-old man who finds a contract loophole that he manipulates so he can enter the Golden Quill spelling bee meant for young kids. A reporter named Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn) sponsors Guy so she can figure out the real reason he’s doing this, while the children and their parents harass him hoping he’ll quit and he fights back in very creative ways. This film is crude, raunchy, and vulgar, but it’s also really funny. I felt guilty laughing at some of the outrageous dialogue. Director Jason Bateman does a fantastic job in finding the perfect cast. I’m primarily talking about Rohan Chand, the 10-year-old boy Bateman spends most of his time with in the film. Chand is smart, charming, and as my wife said, “Cute as a bug’s ear.” (Whatever that means.) One seemingly small decision is that Bateman keeps the film to just under an hour and a half. This movie just doesn’t have enough material to be a 2 hour film and Bateman knows that. Even with all of the cruel jokes that are played on the kids it is actually heartwarming at the end. Yes, it is formulaic but what comedy isn’t? I’m giving this offensive but amusing film a B rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA