Bad Words (2013)

 bad words“Rule #24, the speller must not have passed beyond the 8th grade on or before Feb 1st.  As you can see there, I have not passed the 8th grade, not ever” – Guy Trilby

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jun 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A forty year old man for unknown reasons decides to enter a kids national spelling bee.

My Take on it – I have always liked Jason Bateman and when I saw that this movie was directed by him, I had hopes of watching a very entertaining movie.

Unfortunately that wasn’t the case here.

His character is not meant to be likeable, and his grouchiness was tolerated and even funny at the beginning, but his character’s nastiness just got to be more and more annoying as the movie went on, making me pretty much hate him.

In the right hands, this story might have worked better, but in its current state it doesn’t resemble anything more than a mediocre film.

Bottom Line – Not nearly as enjoyable as I had hoped it would be. Bateman’s unexplained bitterness was funny at the beginning but it wore out its welcome fairly quickly.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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6 thoughts on “Bad Words (2013)

  1. I laughed plenty during this. Mostly because it was such a pleasure to see Bateman just let loose for once and not get bogged down by his non-stop subtle humor. As well-done as it may be. Good review.


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  3. What a shame! I still kind of want to see this because I do love Bateman, but it’s too bad that his first full-length directorial debut couldn’t have been stronger. Thanks for the heads up, anyway! 🙂


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