The envelope is constantly being pushed in Bad Words. Bateman undoubtedly has a keen eye for comedy. Expect Bad Words in a theatre near you. Once Bateman makes it to the super bowl of spelling bees, The Golden Quill, along with his travelling documenting reporter Kathryn Hahn, We're The Millers , hilarity and vulgarity ensue. Bad Words is a short, sweet and unexpectedly dark comedy with instances of pure vulgarity and vileness that is at the same time, heartwarming? Of course, so many movies have heavy comedic instances, but I can assure you, Bad Words will have you laughing so hard, that at times, you'll find it hard to hear the next bit of dialogue I'm warning you from experience.
From the moment the movie starts, Bateman has the audience in tears and on the floor laughing, winning the regional bee sending him off to the national bee, in hot pursuit of all the angry parents and students who he beat at the regionals. Jason Bateman's Horrible Bosses, Up In the Air directorial debut Bad Words did just that? The blend of Bateman's dark direction and stylistic choices, along with screenwriter Andrew Dodge's fiercely morbid dialogue allow for the experience to be natural and so unexpected. The mystery behind Trilby's anger with the world, constant bitterness and his obsession with winning the bee is at the centre of the film, along with his inability to allow anyone get close enough for him to care, drive the narrative. Each character Trilby interacts with, whether it be for an extended period of time, or just shortly, Bateman nails each and every scene with a natural sense of arrogance. I have no idea if either Bateman or Dodge were inspired at all with the work of Bobcat Goldthwait World's Greatest Dad, God Bless America and his darkly satirical body of work, but if I was told that was another addition to that list of black comedy, I would not doubt it.
. It's very rare that I find myself lost in the narrative, characters and the comedy that I forget altogether that I am watching a movie intent on criticizing it. The film opens with unexplained genius Guy Trilby Jason Bateman entering himself in a regional spelling bee, with a brief flashback explaining how he has been able to register legally. . .
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