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‘‍Bad Words’‍  3stars

Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with a subversive comedy about a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of a national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble.

It's a subversive, dark R-rated comedy not to be confused with "Spellbound," although the documentary did help to inspire writer Andrew Dodge.

"Bad Words," which has a bit of the "Bad Santa" spirit but nowhere near as many f-words, will make you laugh and then hang your head in slight shame. And then laugh again.

Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity.

-- Post-Gazette


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“Prisoners of War: Season One”: Three Israeli soldiers held captive for 17 years try to rebuild their lives.

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“Walker, Texas Ranger: One Riot One Ranger”: Two-hour premiere episode that launched the Chuck Norris series.

“Kid Cannabis”: Lives of losers are changed when they start trafficking marijuana.

“The Class of ’92”: Documentary about six working-class boys who find soccer fame.

“Hunting the Legend”: Three friends look for the truth behind a mythical beast.

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“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.5”: Newly edited and unrated version of “Bad Grandpa.”

“Hidden Kingdoms”: A look at the unique and unexplored miniature world of the planet’s smaller heroes.

“How It All Began”: Story of the birth of the Healing Tao System.

— Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee

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