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.
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HitFix Reviews and Ratings
B+Jason Bateman both stars in and directs 'Bad Words,' a blisteringly funny film about a guy settling a grudge by finding a loophole that allows him to enter and dominate a national spelling bee for kids.
B+Jason Bateman shows a tremendous amount of directorial talent with the new comedy "Bad Words" which debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Friday night.