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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.

Director:

Jason Bateman

Writer:

Andrew Dodge
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Guy Trilby
Kathryn Hahn ... Jenny Widgeon
Rohan Chand ... Chaitanya Chopra
Philip Baker Hall ... Dr. Bowman
Allison Janney ... Dr. Bernice Deagan
Ben Falcone ... Pete Fowler
Steve Witting ... Proctor at Spelling Bee
Beth Grant ... Bedazzled Judge
Gwen Parden Gwen Parden ... Brace Faced Girl
Anjul Nigam ... Sriram Chopra
Allan Miller ... Bald Glasses Judge
Bob Stephenson ... Bill Murhoff
Patricia Belcher ... Ingrid
Matthew Zhang ... Braden Aftergood
Madison Hu ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The end justifies the mean.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Palavrões See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,301, 16 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,764,027, 16 May 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Jason Bateman. 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

Guy Trilby: You sleep good dickhead?
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Connections

References Donnie Brasco (1997) See more »

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Off the Grid
Performed by Beastie Boys
Written by Mike D (as Michael Louis Diamond), Adam Horovitz, Money Mark (as Mark Ramos Nishita) and Adam Yauch (as Adam Nathaniel Yauch)
Courtesy of Capitol Records LLC, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great film. A different kind of "feel-good" movie.
25 June 2014 | by leonfenwickSee 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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