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.
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.
For this viewer to laugh at a film the way I laughed at "Bad Words", there has to be some incredibly hysterical material. What I did like, though -- aside from Bateman's irreverent character study -- is the softness of the friendship between him and a young Indian boy who is also competing in the spelling bee. It is a laughing riot that deserves to be seen, and this one definitely has my stamp of approval. See it!
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...'
Really liked this one! A very assured directorial debut from Bateman who also turns in a fine perfromance as the proverbial asshole of the story. The movie has a nice blend of real life grit and laughs making this an enjoyable dramedy which rises above the rest thanks to the interesting story and fine acting. And the inclusion of Smashing Pumpkins' song Snail didn't hurt a bit...
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.