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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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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$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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Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.38 (2014) See more »

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Music to Fly By
Written by Dick Stephen Walter
Courtesy of APM Music
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Bateman is "Murray-esque"
14 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was blown away by the surprisingly low "6.7" current rating on IMDb. My theory: The easily offended were easily offended (perhaps the movie should have been called "Bad Words").

(Some of my favorite comedies: Dumb & Dumber, Super Troopers, and Tommy Boy).

Jason Bateman stared in, and directed, this "tightly" constructed DARK adult comedy. There was not a wasted second or single "slow" moment in the entire 89 minutes.

Everything was dead-on: The originality of the storyline, the casting, the acting, the timing, the tone, and THE KID!... I've never been a big fan of the "cute, heart-strings-pulling, kid" cliché, but you don't have to be to appreciate this kid - he takes NOTHING away from the dark humor, and only adds substantially to the film in every way. His authenticity and interaction with Bateman's character is as good as it gets (Roeper compared Bateman's spot-on apathy to Bill Murray's, and I couldn't agree more - you could just as easily picture Murray working his magic with the same degree of unflappability, esp. opposite such a contrastingly upbeat kid).

Bateman is an unassuming Rock Star that let's his talents do the talking, and I'm looking forward to the next film he directs and leads.


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