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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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Ingrid
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Braden Aftergood
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Ling Quan
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Storyline

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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Directorial debut of Jason Bateman. See more »

Goofs

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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Off-color, refreshing, and gutsy
25 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel compelled to review this because I believe some took this movie too personally, and thus rated it poorly.

If you are easily offended, you might be shocked or uncomfortable on several occasions. If you understand this is an artistic work of fiction, or if you like dark, sinister comedy, you can laugh at how this movie relentlessly pummels you with awkward moments. My advice is to cast away your moral standings in reality, and try see this movie from another perspective.

To be vague, it turns out there's a method to the madness towards the end. And for me, the underlying message made it worthwhile. Jason Bateman was incredibly convincing in this role!


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