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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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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Pete Fowler
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Bedazzled Judge
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Sriram Chopra
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Bill Murhoff
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Ingrid
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Braden Aftergood
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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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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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Directorial debut of Jason Bateman. 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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Chaitanya Chopra: Do you remember your winning word? I'm Chaitanya, remember?
Guy Trilby: I can't do it again, Shwarma.
Chaitanya Chopra: Chaitanya. How about just your favorite word?
Guy Trilby: I'm serious pal.
Chaitanya Chopra: You don't have one?
Guy Trilby: I don't; nope. Sorry.
Chaitanya Chopra: Mine is subjugate. It just sounds so cool, you know? Subjugate. Subjugate. Subjugate. What's yours?
Guy Trilby: How about 'shut the fuck up?'
Chaitanya Chopra: Well, that's four words - a sentence, really.
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References Slumdog Millionaire (2008) See more »

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Colour of Your Soul
Written by Anthony Mawer
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I'm shocked that I loved it
28 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

I'm pleased to report that I loved this movie, even though I expected to hate it. Based on the previews, I expected that this movie would be dull and creepy with formulaic, humorless, jokes. However, it was interesting, funny, and not that creepy. Jason Bateman pulled off the near impossible task of being a jerk when dealing with small children while keeping the tone funny, rather than offensive. Even the inherently creepy parts were more funny than creepy.

Jason Bateman's inappropriate interactions with most of the child actors were inappropriate in juvenile ways, and the juvenile humor worked! Even the inappropriate interactions with co-star Rohan Chand were sufficiently funny that the creepiness didn't hurt the movie. Bad Words proves the comedic rule that: Mean or offensive jokes are acceptable if sufficiently funny.


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