Authored by first timer Andrew Dodge and the directorial debut of and starring Jason Bateman ‘Bad Words’ is an exercise in petty revenge through and through. But regardless of its simplicity, is well worth seeing. That, unfortunately, may be a difficult endeavor, as it officially opens today in a limited capacity; luckily, Orlando is on the short list of viable venues and has several showings scheduled for this weekend.
The story is about a jaded, unmarried, 40 year old, copy editor, Guy Trilby (Bateman), who devises a devious scheme to infiltrate national youth spelling bees in what appears to be an attempt to win nationally. His true motives are unclear and remain so, even to his quirky journalist sponsor (Kathryn Hahn) who accompanies him on this endeavor, attempting to unravel his veil of subterfuge along the way. During the course, he reluctantly encounters and befriends a fellow competitor, Chaitanya Chopra (Rothan Chand), who is a highly intelligent outcast among his peers.
Trilby stalwartly faces the glaring faces of the opposition (in the form of the other adults involved in the competition (embodied by both parents of other participants as well as some of the staff behind the scenes). Despite its heavy cast of young actors, it carries a rating of R for content of both a vulgar and crude nature (as suggested by the title). But this movie is definitely worth seeing on the big screen, just make sure you leave the kids at home (or put them in ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ or ‘Peabody and Mr. Sherman').