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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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Bill Murhoff
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Ingrid
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Braden Aftergood
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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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Palavrões  »

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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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The second film to star both Jason Bateman and Alison Janey. They started in Juno although they didn't share screen time. Second movie with both Jason Bateman and Beth Grant. Both appeared in the film Extract. Jason Bateman and Kathryn Hahn would later go on and star together again in This Is Where I Leave You. See more »

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In the extended scene where Guy pretends to have hit Chaitanya with his car, he squirts ketchup on the bumper of the car, as well as Chaitanya's face, to look like blood. When he picks Chaitanya up and puts him in the car a few minutes later, the bumper of the car is clean. See more »

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Guy Trilby: You sleep good dickhead?
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References Slumdog Millionaire (2008) See more »

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Performed by Smashing Pumpkins
Written by Billy Corgan
Courtesy of Virgin Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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