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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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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Pete Fowler
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Proctor at Spelling Bee
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Bedazzled Judge
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Brace Faced Girl
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Sriram Chopra
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Bald Glasses Judge
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Bill Murhoff
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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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Comedy | Drama

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

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28 March 2014 (USA)  »

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Palavrões  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$7,764,027 (USA) (16 May 2014)
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Jason Bateman's favorite movie of his own See more »

Goofs

As Guy and Jenny are driving away from the first spelling bee, a woman spits on the driver's window which sticks to that window, but it's immediately gone right after this as a man throws a folding chair at the front windshield which cracks that window. See more »

Quotes

Proctor at Spelling Bee: [not thinking Trilby is a contestant] So, are you a judge?
Guy Trilby: No. I'm the *winner*.
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References Slumdog Millionaire (2008) See more »

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Amphilula
Performed by Morrie Morrison Orchestra
Written by Ken Morrison
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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I'm shocked that I loved it
28 March 2014 | by (Irvine, CA) – See all my reviews

I'm pleased to report that I loved this movie, even though I expected to hate it. Based on the previews, I expected that this movie would be dull and creepy with formulaic, humorless, jokes. However, it was interesting, funny, and not that creepy. Jason Bateman pulled off the near impossible task of being a jerk when dealing with small children while keeping the tone funny, rather than offensive. Even the inherently creepy parts were more funny than creepy.

Jason Bateman's inappropriate interactions with most of the child actors were inappropriate in juvenile ways, and the juvenile humor worked! Even the inappropriate interactions with co-star Rohan Chand were sufficiently funny that the creepiness didn't hurt the movie. Bad Words proves the comedic rule that: Mean or offensive jokes are acceptable if sufficiently funny.


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