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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Guy Trilby
... Jenny Widgeon
... Chaitanya Chopra
... Dr. Bowman
... Dr. Bernice Deagan
... Pete Fowler
... Proctor at Spelling Bee
... Bedazzled Judge
Gwen Parden ... Brace Faced Girl
... Sriram Chopra
... Bald Glasses Judge
... Bill Murhoff
... Ingrid
... Braden Aftergood
... 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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Palavrões  »

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$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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2.35 : 1
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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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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 »

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Guy Trilby: Hey, Moms, let's break out the rubber pillowcases tonight. Little pricks, you're gonna be countin' tears, not sheep.
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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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Off-color, refreshing, and gutsy
25 June 2014 | by 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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