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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
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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

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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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Trivia

Large cue cards were used to ensure that Jason Bateman spelled all his words right. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Office Christmas Party (2016) See more »

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Back in Five
Performed by Richard Geere (as Richard Paul Geere)
Written by Richard Geere (as Richard Paul Geere)
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Off-color, gutsy movie which is kind of feel good as well!
28 August 2018 | by MuviFan73See all my reviews

Tone, Script & Story: An adult applies for spelling competition meant for children with the intention to acquire some kind of revenge.

Hollywood has the guts to present you with the movies that are different. If one would research, they would find that it's the only place where chances of success of such movies are that high.

The movie is thin lined. Its purpose gets to us as the movie approaches end. What one enjoys till then is the friendship between characters played by Jason Bateman and Rohan Chand (child). Their chemistry keeps you engaged and entertained. The hide-n-seek kind of scene at end to decide winner is epic.

Final Verdict: It is an off-color, gutsy movie which is kind of felt well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,301, 16 March 2014

Gross USA:

$7,779,614

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,804,337
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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