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.
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