2014 / Director / Jason Bateman.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
BAD WORDS is wrong for all of the right reason. It is offensive, puerile and mean spirited. It is riddled with racist, sexist and immoral behaviour. And it is hilarious! There is no doubt that people are going to be upset with this obscure and, in many ways, subversive comedy and I suppose there's weight to their disapproval. I chose to see it as something refreshing. I thought it to be a welcome breath of fresh air in an atmosphere that is choked with political correctness. Jason Bateman plays an arrogant arsehole who enters a national spelling bee tour by finding a loop hole in the rules. Causing outrage amongst the parent body and the tournament organisers, Bateman cruises through the competition without a care in the world as he sabotages fellow contestants (all children) along the way. Of course it is apparent that he has his reasons for doing so and we suspect that there is an element of sincerity to his mission. The film does fall at the finish line with a fairly substandard resolution but this is a movie that is more about the journey. It's about all of the stupid, funny and morally questionable shit that happens along the way. Jason Bateman was born to play characters like this and he relishes every line. He also directed the film and you can sense his devious elation throughout the entire film. The cast is good. A script is tight and the racism isn't actually racism. BAD WORDS is a devious and cunning little film that backs itself up and is unashamed. All comedies rely in the right atmosphere when watching them and everything was in place for me this time. I think this is one of the best comedies I have seen this year. Loved the shit out of it.