For what feels like forever, Jason Bateman has been playing what is essentially the same character – a straight edged, uptight bore dragged unwillingly into a series of comic situations for which he provides the perfect straight man foil for the unravelling on-screen nonsense – and we have to admit it’s gotten tiring. With Bad Words, the actor’s directorial debut, he’s managed to go a long way towards casting those preconceptions aside and taking a different approach.
Here, he plays Guy Trilby, a high school dropout with little of any real note going on in his life, who manages to find a loophole allowing him to enter one of the most prestigious spelling bees in the United States. Although facing adversity, and even violence, at every Director: Jason Bateman Run Time: 88 mins Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn,
Ben Falcone, Allison Janney turn from angry parents, he’s a man on a mission and he doesn’t care who he pisses off along the way.
It’s been a while since I’ve caught a genuinely laugh-out-loud comedy, but Bad Words certainly ticks all the boxes.
Bateman is in fine form as the foul-mouthed Trilby, and he’s supported by Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janey, Ben Falcone and Rohan Chand in a laugh-a-minute romp through regionals, qualifiers and the finals. It’s low brow stuff
that’ll likely only appeal to those with a penchant for the cruder side of comedy, but if that sounds like you then it’s definitely worth a watch!