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'Bad Words' at SXSW
Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 12:01 AM CDT
Jason Bateman has been acting for 30 years and he says that "this acting thing" has been leading up to this, his directorial debut, at least for the latter half of his career. Bad Words takes a simple concept and adds movie industry formula to get a very entertaining movie. Bateman puts himself in front of the camera, still portraying his dry humor that we all love, but with a twist of malice.
In Bad Words, Guy Trilby (played by Bateman) decides to enter a National Spelling Bee for middle school kids in order to win. He finds a loophole in that you cannot have passed the 8th grade, which he hasn't. He plans on making a mockery out of the whole institution of The Golden Quill Spelling Bee. The parents are disgusted with him because he is standing in the way of their child winning. There's a reporter (Kathryn Hahn) who is trying to get down to Trilby's true motivation for seeking this out. In the midst of his sordid tactics, he meets a kid named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), who he nicknames "Slumdog." Chaitanya latches on to Trilby wanting to be his friend, but Trilby shows his disdain for him and everything around him.
Even though Bateman's character hasn't passed the 8th grade, he is highly intelligent for some unexplained reason. This narrative brings some low brow humor to the table, but it has a lot of heart. The best scenes are with Bateman and Chand, who have a lot of chemistry. You will walk away with a smile on your face and with your heart feeling warm. Don't pass it up!
By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic