Bad Words – Jason Bateman’s directorial debut – is aptly named.
It’s not a movie for kids, which is ironic, because most of the actors in it are children.
The movie has a seemingly basic premise, but it’s much more complex than it seems. It’s no Inception, but it’s a lot more intricate than The Hangover.
Without going into too much detail (Hello, SPOILERS)… Guy Trilby is a forty-year-old man with a bad attitude and a strange hobby. Well, he treats it as a job almost, which works since he is currently unemployed. Guy has found a loophole within the respected organization that runs spelling bees. Since he never passed the eighth grade, he is still eligible to compete.
And he is unnaturally good.
Of course, there is an uproar from parents, administrators, and other contestants involved. This is displayed in a hilarious, and yet not overly outrageous manner. The reactions and behaviors of the parents and administrators is overbearing and intense, which oddly makes them relatable and understandable.
Though some aspects of the film seem a bit predictable – Guy becomes a little more human and we grow to understand him – there are still many twists and turns in the story that will keep you interested.
One of the standout performances comes from Kathryn Hahn. She plays a crazy reporter for an online news platform who is covering Guy’s journey. She uncovers things about him little by little, and as she does, the story really gains momentum.