SXSW 2014: New Posters for Jason Bateman’s BAD WORDS


Jason Bateman makes his feature film directorial debut with Bad Words, which premiered at Austin’s SXSW on Friday, March 7th. A limited number of “bad” posters are being handed out at the festival.

Based on Andrew Dodge’s really cool script, this spelling bee comedy also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz. The R-rated comedy loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations is about a 40-year-old Guy Trilby (Bateman) who exploits a loophole in the spelling-bee rules to enter a national competition and win the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee from young children.

By the way, an eighth-grade dropout Trilby has a genius eidetic memory, so there’s clearly something else making him act like an a-hole. “The ends justify the mean,” says in film’s tag line.

As much as Bad Words often goes for easy laughs with its simple premise, Jason Bateman’s delivery and his direction turn the movie into something more thoughtful and entertaining than it might have been going by the initial set-up.

Bad Words opens in select theaters March 14th and then rolls out wider on March 21st and March 28th.

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