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All Seven of Them? 'Bad Words' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 9, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 9, 2014 |

The trajectory of my interest in a film has never so steeply gone from zero to forty-two. Allow me to explain. I mistakenly read the actor as Jason Schwartzman and clicked play with the complete lack of enthusiasm for yet another Wes Anderson movie. Then Jason Bateman started viciously swearing at children and I rediscovered a joy I never knew I had missed.

Here’s the green band trailer:

And just for completeness sake, here’s the red band trailer, it’s not much different but dialogue is a bit saucier:

Oh beautiful trailer, you had me at Jason Bateman combines Bad Santa with children’s spelling bees. Bateman always plays the straight guy who the oddball throws jokes off of. But the sheer deadpan he cultivated for those roles is also perfectly suited for coldly and calmly annihilating people with words. I love that trailer so much, I don’t even care if all the good parts are in it. Those two minutes could make ninety minutes of gorillas taking LSD entertaining enough to pay for the ticket.

Here’s the obligatory plot summary:

Jason Bateman (Identity Thief) makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy Bad Words. Mr. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn of We’re the Millers) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of Homeland), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.

Really? You need to drop titles for Jason Bateman and Kathryn Hahn and you pick Identity Thief and We’re the Millers?

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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