The premise of Bad Words is a dramedy which features an embittered adult man who figures the loopholes in the regulations of a prestigious national spelling bee contest, that he is able to be included in a competition set aside for children.
Jason Bateman plays that man and is able to bring to life his foul mouthed, arrogant , and intelligent character on the big screen. He has the acting chops to pull together both comedy and drama in a great balance. You actually like his character despite his flaws. Bateman is able to peel off the layers and we finally see the true man.
Bateman delivered a great performance.
Also, his co-actors, specifically, Rohand Chand, holds his own as Bateman’s young sidekick. They are a great buddy pair. Allison Jenney delivers a humorous performance as the prudish director of the competition.
The movie explores themes that pull from childhood experiences that affect adult life. It is about the growth of a boy man into emotional realization.
It is a movie with heart and lots of vulgar words. However, it all works together.