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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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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)

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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 »

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During the diner scene with Chia and Guy, when the mother comes to talk to Guy, Chia is sitting with his back against the seat, the camera angle changes and shows Chia then sitting forward with the menu in his hand. The camera angle changes again, and Chia is sitting back against the seat again with no menu. Once again, the angle changes and Chia is sitting forward again with the menu in his hand again. See more »

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Guy Trilby: You sleep good dickhead?
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Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21, 1. Adagio Molto; Allegro Con Brio
Performed by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy of Sony Masterworks
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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