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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.

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Pete Fowler
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Proctor at Spelling Bee
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Bedazzled Judge
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Sriram Chopra
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Ingrid
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Braden Aftergood
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Ling Quan
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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

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The end justifies the mean.

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

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$113,301 (USA) (14 March 2014)

Gross:

$7,764,027 (USA) (16 May 2014)
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Trivia

The word "slubberdegullion" means a filthy, slobbering person; a sloven, a villain, a fiend, a louse. A worthless person. A drunk or alcoholic person. See more »

Goofs

The only accepted format in a spelling bee is for a contestant to repeat their word, spell it, and announce it again. But when Guy Trilby is called in round 2 to spell Floccinaucinihilipilification, he simply spells the word and, once told he is correct, exits the podium and returns to his seat. In fact, this happens more than once in the film. See more »

Quotes

Chaitanya Chopra: Do you remember your winning word? I'm Chaitanya, remember?
Guy Trilby: I can't do it again, Shwarma.
Chaitanya Chopra: Chaitanya. How about just your favorite word?
Guy Trilby: I'm serious pal.
Chaitanya Chopra: You don't have one?
Guy Trilby: I don't; nope. Sorry.
Chaitanya Chopra: Mine is subjugate. It just sounds so cool, you know? Subjugate. Subjugate. Subjugate. What's yours?
Guy Trilby: How about 'shut the fuck up?'
Chaitanya Chopra: Well, that's four words - a sentence, really.
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Great film. A different kind of "feel-good" movie.
25 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Other reviewers here have slated the film due to the language which I agree was a little harsh considering the age of the actors but the film would just not have worked without it. The characters were developed brilliantly all the way through and production perfect.

Saying much more would be leaning towards spoilers which are as they suggest. I will say it is funny, heart-warming and generally enjoyable.

If I had one criticism it would only be that it was a tiny bit predictable but by the end of the movie I just didn't care.

Would recommend this movie to all except those unduly sensitive to language.


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