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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
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.
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.Read more ›
It's called "BAD WORDS". What were you expecting? A viewing of even 10 seconds of any trailer for this movie would have made it very clear what was going to happen in this movie. Are you people dense?
That business aside.....this movie was hilarious! Jason Bateman's funniest role in a while. He is an unlikable jackass the entire movie. But the people who hate him are so ugly about it you start rooting for Bateman. Also, it's just a movie so it's not like he's a real horrible person you are supporting.
I had to pause the film several times because I was missing lines due to all the laughter. Well worth 2 hours of your time.
It should be remembered that the young actors (kids) in the film, are just that...paid actors. Jason Bateman (brilliant)
states in his interviews that the actual child actors were exposed to minimal vulgarity and sexual material and I am sure
that their parents were consulted. I found the ending a little too dark and I wished for at least an apology or attempt
to reconcile...I still walked away refreshed by the creativity and perfect pace of this film.
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I know he's supposed to be this incredibly unlikable character. But, you, know, hold your judgement. There are some laugh-so-hard-you-blow-milk-out-your-nose bits. And heart. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jennifer C.
This movie should have been banned! Bad Words was one of the worst movies that I've seen in my life, and the film was too verbally explicit with underage, children costars. Read morePublished 13 days ago by slimdude
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