If you think this movie is "racist", you aren't smart enough to watch this film (by stuart-dong01)
Thank you to Jason Bateman and all involved in making this film. It is sad that movies like this are such a rarity . We live in a world of idealism and of the studios putting out all of their god awful PG-13 movies or just plain god awful movies with solely profit in mind. It is such a treat to have a movie that is not politically correct, and done well. Nobody takes any risks. How can everyone stand for all of this sanitized entertainment. Bateman was great like he always is, this movie is hilarious!! To say this movie is racist is to say you have no brain, there was no hate in this movie. <more>
Jokes and stereotyping is not hate. People just love to ruin good entertainment for others. Thank you for this movie!!!! We are lucky to get 1 movie a year that is as good as this.
I saw this at TIFF and I laughed and laughed and laughed. In fact, I've been laughing since September so I thought I better write this review. I keep thinking about how funny this is. This is a very funny movie. Jason Bateman couldn't have been funnier. My face is still hurting, thinking of watching him. Everybody else in the movie was funny too, but Bateman stole the show. We're talking one funny guy. If you feel like laughing, peeing and crying, go see this movie. It is such a funny movie. Your tummy will probably hurt as well as your face. Now I know what side-splitting means. <more>
This is a very funny movie. Very, very funny. This is a very funny movie. I mean very funny.
Jason Bateman is Guy Trilby, who is 40 year old man who seeks to capture a lost moment of his youth to win the spelling bee. However, there is one drawback, his is a 40 something competing against young students. Guy qualifies under some technicalities and makes for an art of war approach to winning the spelling bee. Some hilarious moments and great one-liners as Guy befriends his number one competitor the young 10 year old Chaitanya. This movie will make you root for the underdog and realize the magic of having spell check on your word processing program. They say you can never go back, but <more>
this movie proves that sometimes you might just be able to.
TIFF Review: Bad Words, Night Film Reviews www.nightfilmreviews.com (by lucasnochez)
It's very rare that I find myself lost in the narrative, characters and the comedy that I forget altogether that I am watching a movie intent on criticizing it. Jason Bateman's Horrible Bosses, Up In the Air directorial debut Bad Words did just that–allow me to lose myself to laugh so hard with such shocking moments that I almost forgot I had to review the film.Bad Words is a short, sweet and unexpectedly dark comedy with instances of pure vulgarity and vileness that is at the same time, heartwarming–yes, you read that right.For one, Bad Words was the first ever straight-up <more>
comedy I have ever experienced at TIFF. Of course, so many movies have heavy comedic instances, but I can assure you, Bad Words will have you laughing so hard, that at times, you'll find it hard to hear the next bit of dialogue I'm warning you from experience .The film opens with unexplained genius Guy Trilby Jason Bateman entering himself in a regional spelling bee, with a brief flashback explaining how he has been able to register legally. From the moment the movie starts, Bateman has the audience in tears and on the floor laughing, winning the regional bee sending him off to the national bee, in hot pursuit of all the angry parents and students who he beat at the regionals. Once Bateman makes it to the super bowl of spelling bees, The Golden Quill, along with his travelling documenting reporter Kathryn Hahn, We're The Millers , hilarity and vulgarity ensue.The mystery behind Trilby's anger with the world, constant bitterness and his obsession with winning the bee is at the centre of the film, along with his inability to allow anyone get close enough for him to care, drive the narrative. The blend of Bateman's dark direction and stylistic choices, along with screenwriter Andrew Dodge's fiercely morbid dialogue allow for the experience to be natural and so unexpected. I have no idea if either Bateman or Dodge were inspired at all with the work of Bobcat Goldthwait World's Greatest Dad, God Bless America and his darkly satirical body of work, but if I was told that was another addition to that list of black comedy, I would not doubt it. The envelope is constantly being pushed in Bad Words. Each character Trilby interacts with, whether it be for an extended period of time, or just shortly, Bateman nails each and every scene with a natural sense of arrogance. Trilby's scenes with "slumdog" Rohan Chand , a lonely prostitute on the street, or a victimized man going to a washroom stall, are some of the best in the film.Bateman undoubtedly has a keen eye for comedy. Rude, crude and sometimes completely uncalled for, Bad Words was a pleasant change of pace during TIFF and surely one of the most memorable comedies of the year.Expect Bad Words in a theatre near you. And the only thing bad about it, is how much you will find yourself laughing at the most inappropriate things, da*#it!Night Film Reviews: 7.5/10 Stars
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 <more>
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.
I was blown away by the surprisingly low "6.7" current rating on IMDb. My theory: The easily offended were easily offended perhaps the movie should have been called "Bad Words" . Some of my favorite comedies: Dumb & Dumber, Super Troopers, and Tommy Boy .Jason Bateman stared in, and directed, this "tightly" constructed DARK adult comedy. There was not a wasted second or single "slow" moment in the entire 89 minutes.Everything was dead-on: The originality of the storyline, the casting, the acting, the timing, the tone, and THE KID!... I've never <more>
been a big fan of the "cute, heart-strings-pulling, kid" cliché, but you don't have to be to appreciate this kid - he takes NOTHING away from the dark humor, and only adds substantially to the film in every way. His authenticity and interaction with Bateman's character is as good as it gets Roeper compared Bateman's spot-on apathy to Bill Murray's, and I couldn't agree more - you could just as easily picture Murray working his magic with the same degree of unflappability, esp. opposite such a contrastingly upbeat kid .Bateman is an unassuming Rock Star that let's his talents do the talking, and I'm looking forward to the next film he directs and leads.
This is indeed racist and it's also misogynistic. Does this mean that a movie with those qualities can't be funny? The movie knows it's racist and wow this word is overused lately misogynistic . It's also extremely funny. If you know you can't see past certain things like that then I suggest you don't watch this movie. It's mean and and very crude and hilarious. I was actually ashamed that I laughed at some of the jokes as I consider myself to be a good person but they are so shamelessly delivered by Bateman I just couldn't help myself. Young Rohan Chand was <more>
very likable and held his own with Bateman who knows first hand about what it takes to be a child actor. Turn off your media forced judgment and just enjoy the movie. Even assholes can be funny.
Great film. A different kind of "feel-good" movie. (by leonfenwick)
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 <more>
I am a bateman fan and when i heard that the guy had directed and starred in a movie, i just had to watch it. The movie is about a 40 year old guy who enters a spelling bee through some loophole. The comedy though dark is pretty good. This movie doesn't have laugh- hard comedy, but just enough to go with the story line and the direction. Then coming to the acting, Bateman plays a guy named 'Guy'. Guy is one of those guys we have never seen Bateman playing and neither did we expect from him. However unusual for him, he plays it pretty well. Then there's and Indian boy, 10 years <more>
of age who befriends Guy.The movie plays off well with some very funny moments, some very nicely directed scenes with awesome back-ground music and an absolutely cute display of the story.I won't go into details but just recommend this light-heart flick for a light and pleasant day.