Bad Words

On Arrested Development, Jason Bateman played a jerk who starts out looking like a put-upon hero. In his feature directing debut Bad Words, however, he skips the nice-guy facade entirely and goes straight to the dickish behavior.

Bateman plays Guy, a 40-year-old man who discovers a loophole that allows him to compete against eighth-graders in a national spelling bee. And compete he does, picking on kids and parents alike along the way. Nevertheless, there’s one young competitor (Homeland‘s Rohan Chand) so lonely and naive, he latches onto Guy anyway.

The film got strong reviews when it premiered at Toronto last year, and is now headed for a theatrical release. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.

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Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the comedy Bad Words, about a guy (played by Bateman) who hijacks a national spelling bee. How does that happen, exactly? The red-band trailer below will show you a bit, just as it’ll let you know how the supporting cast such as Rohan Chand (Homeland), Kathryn Hahn (We’re the Millers), Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids), Philip Baker Hall (Argo), and Allison Janney (The Help) factor in.

The language in this one really isn’t for work; this teaser makes the Bad Grandpa red-band stuff sound positively tame.

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