Review: Bad Words

What's your favorite word?

Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) is a 40 year old man who through a loop hole in the rules of the national spelling bee, enters himself. He proof reads for a living, so he's a good speller. Following his story is a journalist, Jenny (Kathryn Hahn) who's having a hard time really getting anything out of him. Guy has a very specific reason he's doing this, he just won't tell anyone. Along the way he befriends a lonely boy, Chaitanya (Rohan Chand) who is also a fellow contestant. 

I was a little worried that all the funny parts were going to be from the previews, but I was wrong. There's plenty of laughs throughout, especially if you like crude humor. Guy says a lot of really fucked up things to children (and their parents) through out. The ending was surprisingly touching too.

This is Bateman's directorial debut. (side from TV episodes) I think he's off to a good start. He and Hahn had good chemistry. I'm starting to love her even more after Afternoon Delight. Chand was was a great edition as well. He managed to be adorable and not come off as a complete phony.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "Don't look at me." - Jenny (Kathryn Hahn)


  1. i'm glad to hear this was a decent film directorial debut. i've always liked bateman

    1. He's really perfect for this type of character too. He plays a good asshole.

  2. Great review. It sounds great, might catch it when I can!

  3. Glad to hear it's funny. I might catch it on DVD.


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