6/10

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Runtime: 89 min

Genres: Comedy

Languages: English

Countries: USA


Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy Bad Words. Mr. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn of We're the Millers) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of Homeland), who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life. (c) Focus



Directors (1)

Writers (1)

Andrew Dodge (screenplay)

Composers (1)

Editors (1)

Cinematographers (1)

Actors (51)

Abigail Wake Spelling Bee Mom (uncredited)
Alexia Pearl Spelling Bee Spectator (uncredited)
Allan Miller Bald Glasses Judge
Allison Janney Dr. Bernice Deagan
Amanda Anka National Public Television Narrator
Anjul Nigam Sriram Chopra
Ben Falcone Pete Fowler
Beth Grant Bedazzled Judge
Bob Stephenson Bill Murhoff
Casey Robinson Parent (uncredited)
Cassandra M. Bellantoni Parent at Spelling Bee (uncredited)
Cathy Fielding Angry Parent (uncredited)
Christian Storm Spelling Bee Audience Member (uncredited)
Christopher Clausi Spellingbee parent (uncredited)
Connor Kalopsis Eric Tai
Dean Mason Spelling Bee Dad (uncredited)
Derek Jon Talsma Spelling Bee Contesntant (uncredited)
Emily Sarah Carlson Joyce Sacks
Ethan Dizon Ricky Irvine
Frank Scozzari Press Photographer (uncredited)
Greg Cromer Jeremy 'FBI Agent'
Gregory Sutton Irate Driver
Gwen Parden Brace-Faced Girl
Iris Rodriguez (uncredited)
Isabella Taylor Poschl Quill Contestant (uncredited)
Jacquie Barnbrook Joyce Saks' Mom
Janine King Parent at Spelling Bee (uncredited)
Jason Bateman Guy Trilby
Judith Hoag Petal Dubois
Kathryn Hahn Jenny Widgeon
Kimleigh Smith Marzipan
Lee Christian Parent (uncredited)
Linda Jossana Parent at Spelling Bee (uncredited)
Lucky Davis Leonard Feldman
Madison Hu Ling Quan
Mak Kriksciun Mickey Carlson
Matthew Zhang Braden Aftergood
Michael Patrick McGill Beet-Red Father
Mychael Bates Lobster Man
Patricia Belcher Ingrid
Philip Baker Hall Dr. Bowman
Rachael Harris Eric Tai's Mother
Rachel Ann Jackson Extra (uncredited)
Rachel Taylor Spelling Bee Spectator (uncredited)
Rohan Chand Chaitanya Chopra
Sonia Nam Jayleen Song
Steve Witting Proctor at Spelling Bee
Sumiko Muto Judge (uncredited)
Tanner Goad Kid #1 on Bike
Terry Shusta Cop #1
William Maltz Chip