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Bad Words

Bad Words

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Sometimes independent movies come along that surprise you by being more than what a high-concept pitch line reveals. Such was the case with our next Rialto Recommends Jason Bateman's directorial debut BAD WORDS. Our owner didn't think the movie sounded like much when he read the catalog description at TIFF 2013. However when Focus Features acquired the film during the festival, it meant that the film deserved closer inspection. It turned out to be one of the funnest films we saw during the 2013 festival. Released to theaters in Spring 2014 BAD WORDS is the subversive comedy. 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. The Los Angeles Times raved "Sarcastic, sanctimonious, salacious, sly, slight and surprisingly sweet, the black comedy of "Bad Words," starring and directed by Jason Bateman, is high-minded, foul-mouthed good nonsense." While the New York Times said "The performances are funny, appealing and, in the case of Allison Janney, as a spelling bee official, wonderful." Rolling Stone said "In this profanely funny comedy of bad manners and hurts that won't heal, Bateman shows the same skill as a filmmaker that he does as an actor. And that's something to see." Be aware BAD WORDS is not for everyone. If you are easily offended by foul language this may not be the film for you. BAD WORDS is streaming on Fubo, DirectTV and Sling and is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, Apple, YouTube, Vudu and others HERE.

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Jason Bateman
Kathryn Hahn
Rohan Chand
Philip Baker Hall
Directed by
Jason Bateman
Written by
Andrew Dodge
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