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Bad Words (2013)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 28 March 2014 (USA)
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A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult.

Director:

Jason Bateman

Writer:

Andrew Dodge
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Guy Trilby
Kathryn Hahn ... Jenny Widgeon
Rohan Chand ... Chaitanya Chopra
Philip Baker Hall ... Dr. Bowman
Allison Janney ... Dr. Bernice Deagan
Ben Falcone ... Pete Fowler
Steve Witting ... Proctor at Spelling Bee
Beth Grant ... Bedazzled Judge
Gwen Parden Gwen Parden ... Brace Faced Girl
Anjul Nigam ... Sriram Chopra
Allan Miller ... Bald Glasses Judge
Bob Stephenson ... Bill Murhoff
Patricia Belcher ... Ingrid
Matthew Zhang ... Braden Aftergood
Madison Hu ... Ling Quan
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Storyline

An adult, who has been a school dropout, finds a loophole in the regulations and participates in the largest spelling bee in the USA, The Golden Quill. His aim is to take revenge for something done to him in the past. Written by Sophia Canoni

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The end justifies the mean.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Palavrões See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,301, 16 March 2014

Gross USA:

$7,779,614

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,804,337
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was featured in the 2011 "Blacklist"--a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

In the extended scene where Guy pretends to have hit Chaitanya with his car, he squirts ketchup on the bumper of the car, as well as Chaitanya's face, to look like blood. When he picks Chaitanya up and puts him in the car a few minutes later, the bumper of the car is clean. See more »

Quotes

Guy Trilby: You sleep good dickhead?
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Sabotage/Noah/God's Not Dead (2014) See more »

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Off the Grid
Performed by Beastie Boys
Written by Mike D (as Michael Louis Diamond), Adam Horovitz, Money Mark (as Mark Ramos Nishita) and Adam Yauch (as Adam Nathaniel Yauch)
Courtesy of Capitol Records LLC, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not 'Bad'
11 November 2014 | by Fluke_SkywalkerSee all my reviews

With a premise and character right in his wheelhouse, first time director and star Jason Bateman takes a script that could've been undermined by its clichés in the hands of a lesser talent and delivers an almost-winner with 'Bad Words'.

On paper, Guy Trilby is one of the most unlikeable protagonists in recent film history, but Bateman is so skillful at these kinds of characters that you find yourself liking him despite your self. Talented co-star Kathryn Hahn provides a nice foil, and newcomer Rohan Chand is a dazzling breath of unpretentious fresh air as Guy's rival and eventual protégé.

Though it never quite gels into something special, 'Bad Words' is a solid directorial debut for Bateman, and I look forward to seeing what he does next.


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