When I watched the trailer to this film, it sparked an interest, the trailer is great, and like all great trailers, it doesn’t include all the jokes and doesn’t give anything away.
FilmMunch.com gives this one a thumbs up!
You’re basically thrown into the deep end with this one, which is exciting and intriguing for a comedy. You have a keen interest on what is going on, simply because what is happening is rather peculiar, to say the least. A full grown man is competing at a spelling bee. Huh?
Jason Bateman has dabbled in the directional arts a number of times for television. Arrested Development being most likely, the more popular, but Bad Words is his first attempt at directing a feature film. Ambitious as he is, he is also the main star to this film. The script, penned by Andrew Dodge is wild and intense. It’s in the title, there are so many ‘bad words’ and combinations of ‘bad words’ in this film, that it’s not funny, but the problem is, it is funny!
Jason Bateman plays his role eloquently, and so does Kathryn Hahn, who is joining in for the ride. These two work well together, they make for very comedic interactions. Young kid Rohan Chand is also great, who is, by the way, making a name for himself very quickly, expect to see him in Jungle Book: Origins.
The relationship forged between Bateman and Chand in this film is hilariously wrong, but at the same time touching. This is where this film excels, in that it’s not simply here for the laughs, but it also has a heart-felt message. At the same time, this is most likely a film that you will either Love of Hate. Check it out fellow FilmMunchers!
TRIVIA COOKIE: I learnt a new word, or a few new words, but I always find it fun to learn about a new phobia, there seems to be a phobia for everything! Kopophobia is the fear of fatigue. Sometimes it feels like I have this, I don’t like being tired!