Bad Words

TekSavvy Insider - - Contents - BY PETER NELIS

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!

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