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Bad Words


Bad Words

7.5 out of 10 Stars

(First rewatch)

2013 Comedy starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Philip Baker Hall, and Allison Janney. And Directed by Jason Bateman (didn’t remember that after the first time I saw this).

Short Synopsis: Guy Tilby, an old guy finds a loophole in the Spelling Bee’s rules, allowing him to compete in the spelling contest with 9 year old kids.

My Thoughts: This is definitely a mature content film. And I liked this. Jason Bateman was pretty good in this.

It starts of with Guy Tilby (Bateman) listening to classical music at a small Spelling Bee, and narrating what seems like an apology. Also what seems like Guy is one of the Dads, nope! He’s the weirdo that says he’ll be the winner of the contest.


“Hey Moms, let’s break out the rubber pillow cases tonight. Little pricks, you’re going to be countin’ tears, not sheeps. Who’s next?”

That quote is just one of the few mild humorous things in this movie.

I’m not going to go into details about the plot because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. There’s a few predictable stuff, but the story is good and maybe even somewhat realistic, if the Spelling Bee had a loophole.

The acting and cast in this movie was great. They kept this movie serious. It could have gone Adam Sandler or Jim Carry bad. But they kept in character real well, and stayed on point with the story.

When we first watched this, my Mom, Gramps and I liked the kid the most, Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand). My second time watching this now, and I’m liking a lot of the cast. A fun movie, even if it’s pretty short.

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