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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.



2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





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


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


The end justifies the mean.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Palavrões  »


Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


Guy Trilby: [to Chaitanya] If you don't point your curry hole that way, and sit your fucking ass back down in that seat, I'm gonna tell the captain that your bag is ticking.
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Great film. A different kind of "feel-good" movie.
25 June 2014 | by 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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