I've never been the spelling bee kind of kid. Even though I did a few in English in a non-English speaking country (and failed half way through all of them), there's something about the competition that gets to me.
Jason Bateman stars and directs Bad Words as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old man with everything to prove, by participating in kids spelling bees. By exploiting a loophole, he is allowed to compete with the best of the best at a nationally televised contest, pissing off everyone in his way.
During his journey, he meets little Chaitanya Chopra, a 10-year-old who is also participating in the contest. As they become best buddies, they both learn from each other a few things about life.
Full of dark humor, that is borderline offensive, it's actually pretty good to see a movie that does not, in any way, hold back on it's intentions. With Guy having such unlikable personality, you'd believe that you're watching a live-action variant of Despicable Me.
This unlikely friendship gives us some of the finest moments, with name-calling and fun, much in a good sense. Definitely a movie that will leave you saying "Oh damn!" for most part of it and with genuine laugh out loud moments.
It is also very obvious that this is Jason Bateman's movie, as he does an amazing job in the directorial seat and at the same time, a memorable performance, that beats most of his comedic roles to a pulp.
Overall, a great black comedy that is as fun as it might be offensive, enough to make a nun blush!