Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Bad Words Review - 3 Stars
Jason Bateman creates a hilarious dark “R” rated comedy about the national spelling bee. (Bateman stars and directs.) He plays an angry adult hoping to even a score. He competes with 8th graders — getting around the rules to enter multiple contests. The wonderful Allison Janney has some great moments as a spelling bee official flummoxed by Bateman. Especially funny and cringe inducing is Bateman’s relationship with Rohan Chand —an adorable tyke who learns all the adult vices he can think of from his new pal Jason. Kathryn Hahn also comes in for plenty of hostility as a journalist following Bateman’s progress and occasionally sharing rough sex with him. Speaking of “Bad Words” — this comedy has plenty of them as well as plenty of “R” rated situations. The pay off is a little weak but like a great vacation, getting there provides most of the fun. Does it deliver what it promises? Edgy comedy with an “R” rating and worth every “R” of it. Is it entertaining? Cringe worthy laughs. Is it worth the price of admission? You know who you are — go — the rest stand clear.