Flash Movie Review: Bad Words

Laughter is the safety valve to life’s daily pressures. Bubbling up from the pit of the stomach, laughter purges tension and stress, replacing it with a euphoric effervescence. Humor comes in multiple shades since each person has their own unique form of funniness. Some people enjoy practical jokes while others prefer cerebral comedy. The former IT director of my company was an odd fellow. Disheveled with improper fitting clothes, he stuck out from the general population already besides his over 6 foot tall frame. One day at the office while working on an account, I heard him calling out for help from his workplace. When I came to his office door I found him wedged underneath his desk with only his head visible on his desktop, his chin resting on the rim. He tended to sit on the edge of his chair and it had flipped up behind him, causing him to fall down to the floor with his legs underneath the desk. The top of the chair came down and pressed up against his back while the chair bass was stuck into the wall behind him. He could not move since his arms were on his lap below the desk, with no room to maneuver them down to the floor for leverage. Now if your immediate reaction to this story was to laugh, then you will enjoy this comedy. This film was so inappropriate but oh so funny to me and the rest of the audience in the theater. Jason Bateman (Disconnect, Arrested Development-TV) was utterly outrageous playing Guy Trilby, an adult man who exploited a loophole to enter a children’s spelling bee contest. With news reporter Jenny Widgeon, played by Katherine Hahn (We’re the Millers, Wanderlust), in tow; Guy was out to prove a point, stopping at nothing to make sure it came across loud and clear. This being Jason’s directorial debut, he did a wonderful job keeping up a steady pace while fitting in a multitude of wicked moments. Allison Janney (The Way Way Back, Juno) was perfect playing Dr. Bernice Deagan, who was determined to stop Guy from ruining her competition. The script was tight, constantly balancing itself on the edge of funny and inappropriate. I think some people would find a few of the jokes and strong language offensive. I will say the first time Guy threw down off-color verbiage to a child I cringed; however, it was that unexpectedness that made me laugh in shock. If Jason Bateman had not been so skilled to pull off this role, I feel the movie would have not been as enjoyable or funny. From the amount of laughing I did during the film, I should be living stress free for at least a few weeks now.


3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 26, 2014, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Yes, it’s good to have a good laugh 🙂


  2. Bateman is indeed a professional. He knows what he’s doing.

  3. It would be nice to catch up on this one!

  4. Been hesitant with this one, not sure yet if I want to go the the theater and watch but it sounds like it definitely deserves a rental.

    • MoviemanJackson, Let me just say it was cool to sit in a theater where it seemed everyone was laughing on cue. I really had a fun time watching this film. Thanks for coming by with your comments.

  5. Theatre of Pain

    I was actually going to pass on this one after suffering through Identity Thief with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. I found her character in the film to be so repulsive that I can no longer enjoy Mike & Molly. The last really funny movie I saw Jason in was Horrible Bosses but I’ve noticed that he, for whatever reason, tends to work within and reshape the boundaries of the same character no matter what role he portrays. I would compare his particular comic schtick as having the same range as Kevin Costner did with action films in the early 90’s. But after reading your review, I may have to check this one out. In terms of rude and crude humor, how would you rate Bad Words compared to We’re the Millers or The Hangover series?

    • I agree with you; it seems Melissa keeps doing the same roles over and over. There is no dimension to her acting these days. To answer your question I would put this film in the same category as We’re the Millers. I had a blast watching this movie in the theater with an audience that were all getting it. I hope you go see it and would love to hear your take on it. Thanks as always for your comments.

      • Theatre of Pain

        I did enjoy We’re the Millers so I will check this one out.

        I watched part of The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy last night on HBO before switching channels. I pretty much knew what to expect from Bullock but held onto that glimmer of hope that McCarthy would redeem herself. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case and after 20 – 30 minutes into the film without a single laugh, I shut it off. The last cop movie that I watched with that much disappointment was Cop Out starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. What was Bruce thinking when he said yes to that movie?! After that, we have The Watch starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. The movie wasn’t a complete waste of time but it seemed to suffer from an identity crisis as to what kind of movie it wanted to be. Is this today’s answer to movies like Lethal Weapon?

      • I am afraid it is rather dismal. Wait until you see tomorrow’s movie review.

      • Theatre of Pain

        I just watched Bad Words along with X-Men: Days of Future Past (Awesome), Locke (decent indie film) and Captain America: Winter Soldier (Overrated). Bad Words was a fun movie and offered a surprising twist towards the middle that I never saw coming. I like when a movie trails off the predicted path every once in a while to keep things fresh.

      • Awesome on your grouping of great films. So glad you liked Bad Words and X-Men especially.

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