Bad Words

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Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand and Allison Janney star in the R-rated comedy Bad Words. Watch the movie trailers below. A cranky, foul-mouthed, fortysomething high-school dropout (Bateman) who, through a registration loophole, enters a national children's spelling bee and ruthlessly sets out to destroy his pint-sized competition.

Bad Words movie poster
  • Release Date: March 14, 2014
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Jason Bateman
  • Screenwriter: Andrew Dodge
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  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn
  • Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
  • MPAA Rating: (R) for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity.

Plot Summary

Jason Bateman (Identity Thief) 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 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 of We're the Millers) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of Homeland), who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life.

Movie Trailers

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Bad Words – Movie Trailer
Bad Words – Red Band Trailer


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