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Bad Words (2014)

Jason Bateman , Kathryn Hahn , Jason Bateman  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (514 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney
  • Directors: Jason Bateman
  • Writers: Andrew Dodge
  • Producers: Jason Bateman, Mason Novick, Sean McKittrick, Jeff Culotta
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (514 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JH4SZWK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • The Minds and Mouths Behind Bad Words
  • Feature Commentary with Director Jason Bateman

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    Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy, Bad Words. 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 by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life. Critics rave, Bad Words is "the funniest, smartest, most entertaining comedy in a long time!" (Pete Hammond, Movieline)

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    39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T LOOK AT ME April 12, 2014
    Format:Blu-ray
    Guy (Jason Bateman) is forty years old and an underachieving genius. We discover his mother moved around a lot to escape evictions. As Jason has never finished the eighth grade, he is eligible to enter the Golden Quill spelling contest to the dismay of the kids, parents and the organization. He has an on-line sponsor reporter (Kathryn Hahn) follow him around attempting to get a story, but even she doesn't know why he is doing this.

    Guy is rude to just about everyone, especially his fellow contestants with whom he plays mind games. He makes friends with a ten year kid of Indian heritage (Rohan Chand) and indulges him in vices. The reason why he entered the contest was a bit lame, but we needed something for the film.

    This is another fun quirky unique indie. It has foul language, ethnic insults, bad sex scenes and 10 seconds of nudity...and it was all fun. Worth watching 4 1/2 stars
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    21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sharply Funny & Extremely Well-Acted! June 8, 2014
    By Blood
    Format:Blu-ray
    If you've never heard the name Jason Bateman, then you most likely haven't seen any good comedies from the past ten years. He's more than established himself as one of the funniest dudes on the planet, and has proven that with his many wisecracking and witty characters. But his great acting isn't the only thing he showcases with his new movie "Bad Words", which also serves as his directorial debut, and an impressive one at that.

    The story centers around Guy Trilby (Bateman), a middle-aged nobody who finds a loophole in a children's spelling bee and is determined to win. Despite facing much uproar from his competitors parents, he wins his regionals, and moves on to the national competition. Meeting a hilarious Indian boy named Chaitanya along the way, we follow Guy's outrageous attempt to take the grand prize.

    Sharply funny and extremely well-acted, I couldn't get enough of this great comedy. Rated R for language and sexual content, "Bad Words" will have you laughing a considerable amount of times and will leave you with a huge smile on your face. It is now playing in select theaters and coming soon to DVD.
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Watch July 21, 2014
    Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
    I thought this movie was hilarious! I didn't go in with high expectations. I mean, really how far can you take a storyline about a 40 something year old entering a spelling bee? I was greatly surprised at the depth of the story and was laughing the entire movie. For someone that acts completely unlikable, you really start to accept the main character and realize his motives.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Hilarious and Surprisingly Heartfelt! August 9, 2014
    By Zencik
    Format:Blu-ray
    Dark Comedy fans rejoice! Jason Bateman's directorial debut is not only great, but one of the best dark comedies to be released in a long time!

    The plot revolves around Guy Trillby (Bateman) a Middle School dropout who after finding a loophole in the rules, enters himself in a school spelling bee not only to win, but also to extract revenge. While it sounds like a simple plot, there's a little more to it than the synopsis would lead you to believe. Part of what makes the plot so intriguing is not only the sheer absurdity of it, but also Guy's reasoning behind what he is doing is left a mystery and isn't revealed till later in the film.

    While Jason Bateman is a great actor, he has been type-casted as the straight man in almost everything he has starred in. That isn't the case here. In what is probably the best performance of his career, Bateman has abandoned his typical role to play the foul-mouthed, narcissistic, and psychotic lead character and does so perfectly. It's not only great to see him play this role because he does it so well, but because it shows that he isn't a one-note actor. Rohan Chand who plays a fellow spelling bee contestant who friends Guy also does a fantastic job and is one of the best child actors I've seen in a film in quite sometime.

    Now if you find vulgar humor and profanity offensive, stay away from this film! This is a comedy, but a rather dark one that's in the vein of something along the lines of Bad Santa. While the humor is very vulgar and mean spirited, the film is absolutely hilarious! It never gets quite as raunchy as one might expect, but that doesn't make it any less hilarious. Much of the humor comes from watching Guy find ways to advance through the competition at the expense of his competitors.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok dark humor August 9, 2014
    By JWink
    Format:Amazon Instant Video
    Bad words tells the story of a man (Bateman) who is out for revenge to win it all in a child's spelling bee.

    This movie is another one of those crude almost dark humor type (like Bad Santa) comedies that isn't always necessarily laugh out loud funny as opposed to cringe inducing you cant take away your eyes from the crash type of humor filled with crude language, one line smart ass comments and some silly scenes (especially those with the female reporter) that make you almost spit out your drink. It isn't the funniest I have ever seen and treads some familiar territory at times but it does have its moments that made me laugh.

    The story of course is a bit out there and silly and the ending predictable for the most part but is enough to keep the crude humor going.

    Although not my favorite comedy of the year, I was ok with watching it once, although not sure if there was enough here for a second watch.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Words, meet Bad Santa
    Bad Words reminded me a lot of Bad Santa. A cynical, world-weary anti-hero with a biting wit and some seriously dark humor. Read more
    Published 15 minutes ago by A Gamer at Heart
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Awful!!!
    Published 12 hours ago by Bill Anderson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Lots of fun.
    Published 12 hours ago by James D. Erickson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great laughs and movie!!
    This was a great movie. Jason plays a great part. It was no stop laughs. Very glad I rented it and would recommend it for sure.
    Published 1 day ago by Frank J. Aiello
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you like your laughs dark & dry, watch it!
    As dry as you would expect from Mr. Bateman. Loved it.
    Published 2 days ago by Tyler
    4.0 out of 5 stars Controversial Film But Entertaining Overall
    Making a film about spelling bee contests and finding some way to make it interesting and entertaining for a movie audience when in reality if you ever were forced to endure one,... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by James N Simpson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Edgy black comedy
    Sort of a twisted, black comedy version of “About a Boy” (with elements of “Bad Santa“ thrown into the mix), “Bad Words” tells of an unlikely relationship between a cynical,... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Roland E. Zwick
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    cute
    Published 4 days ago by chefhelene
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Strangely funny
    Published 4 days ago by Albert A. Sanchez
    4.0 out of 5 stars I could watch it again.
    I thought this one was pretty funny compared to my other comedies rented this month. It had a decent amount of scripting and a little character build behind each actor. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Gabriel Winter
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