Jason Bateman directs and stars in this raucous comedy about a cranky, foul-mouthed, fortysomething high-school dropout who, through a registration loophole, enters a national children’s spelling bee and ruthlessly sets out to destroy his pint-sized competition.
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Jason Bateman is usually very funny, and this film has moments, but his character never feels remotely believable, leaving little to be redeemed, even from what should be a feel-bad-laugh-out-loud comedy.
A mixed bag unfortunately. The film either needed to be marketed in a 'School of Rock' fashion to connect with an audience or be far filthier a la' 'Bad Santa' to become a real cult flick. Instead this film wants it both ways and doesn't succeed at either. Mind you Bateman is fun here and Rohan Chand is a real fine. But best in show is Kathryn Hahn offering up another great turn. '...don't look at me...'
While Bad Words had a fair amount of bite (namely where Bateman blasts Rachel Harris in the restaurant), unfortunately it never really breaks the skin. Too raunchy to be a kids' movie and too tepid for memorable adult fare. Kathryn Hahn, a great soundtrack and the fact that it didn't take more than 90 minutes disappoint are the highlights but for as short as the script fell, Bateman made a decent directorial debut.
Jason Bateman goes a great length to make his humor profanely hilarious and his character incredibly unlikable that we cringe and laugh at how dirty-minded and self-serving this guy really is, but we still can't like him despite the reasons behind his agenda. A raunchy delight but not as thought-provoking as it tries to be at looking through the mind of an ego-maniacal jerk.
O real motivo que levou o protagonista até à competição não ajuda no tom politicamente incorreto e cômico do filme, mas funciona ao dar mais humanidade e até a tentar compreender melhor aquele ranzinza. O destaque fica por conta de seu maior concorrente, o jovem Chaitanya Chopra e pelas leves críticas à cultura megalomaníaca americana.
This was a pleasant surprise. There's nothing fantastic to write home about, but I didn't expect Bateman's directorial debut to be nearly this entertaining. The ending stumbles but the 80 minute journey there is worthwhile.