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Review: Jason Bateman's 'Bad Words' Has Lots Of Them, But Few Are Actually Funny

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 6:08 PM
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The past few years have seen the R-rated comedy rise in popularity with audiences, in acclaim with critics and, most importantly, in dollars at the box office. But while successes like "The Hangover" (the first one only) and "Bridesmaids" are pinnacle examples of using the adults-only rating to raunchy perfection, there are handfuls more that simply think a wacky premise and salty language are the only ingredients you need for comedy. What many of these films don't understand is that without smart context or clever delivery, the punch and power of cursing or even the salaciousness of a well-placed breast doesn't work. And while Jason Bateman's directorial debut "Bad Words" undoubtedly uses a lot of them, few add up to any genuine comedy.

Exclusive: Kathryn Hahn Tries To Get Jason Bateman To Talk In Clip From 'Bad Words'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 21, 2014 4:01 PM
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Stubborn, obnoxious, self-centered, mean... there are more than few words that describe Guy Trilby, and a lot of them not fit to print. He's the prickly, rudely funny heart of "Bad Words," the directorial debut of Jason Bateman, who also takes the lead role. And as the title suggests, this R-rated comedy doesn't hold anything back.

Autofellatio & Nipples: Watch 2 Clips From Jason Bateman's 'Bad Words' Plus Check Out Some New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 11:33 AM
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For his directorial debut, Jason Bateman has gone R-rated with the comedy "Bad Words." It's the actor like you've never seen him before, taking his Michael Bluth persona to a very dark, dark place as he curses and spews insults all while trying to crush the dreams of a bunch of little kids. So just how raw does he get?

Watch: Jason Bateman's 'Bad Words' Spells Out Its First Red Band Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 5:27 PM
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Taking the leap from actor to director can be a tricky feat, not always easily landed (check out our recent feature), but for his first time at bat, Jason Bateman stayed right in his wheelhouse, going the comedic route with "Bad Words." But just how filthy, and foul-mouthed it is might surprised you.

Nicole Kidman's 'The Family Fang' Adopts Jason Bateman To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2013 9:27 AM
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Back at TIFF in September, Jason Bateman arrived to show off his directorial debut, "Bad Words." The foul-mouthed, acidic comedy wasn't one we particularly cared for, but as we noted in our review, it showed that Bateman could "could put together 90 minutes of a story tightly and cohesively." And it seems that for Nicole Kidman, that's good enough.

TIFF Review: Jason Bateman's Directorial Debut 'Bad Words'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2013 8:58 AM
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The past few years have seen the R-rated comedy rise in popularity with audiences, in acclaim with critics and, most importantly, in dollars at the box office. But while successes like "The Hangover" (the first one only) and "Bridesmaids" are pinnacle examples of using the adults-only rating to raunchy perfection, there are handfuls more that simply think a wacky premise and salty language are the only ingredients you need for comedy. What many of these films don't understand is that without smart context or clever delivery, the punch and power of cursing or even the salaciousness of a well-placed breast doesn't work. And while Jason Bateman's directorial debut "Bad Words" undoubtedly uses a lot of them, few add up to any genuine comedy.

Watch: Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte & Ed Helms Play "Hopeless Wanderer" In New Mumford & Sons Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 2:07 PM
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So, Mumford & Sons is still a thing, particularly if you're into boot-stomping, arena anthems that all sound the same. And now, it seems the band has graduated to the level where they can round up a bunch of celebs to appear in their videos, but kudos to them for nailing this star-filled concept pretty much dead on.

12 Observations On What Worked & What Didn't In The New Netflix Season Of ‘Arrested Development’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 28, 2013 2:03 PM
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Binging is the new black. And thus the desire to not only gorge, but to insta-weigh-in on the new Netflix season of “Arrested Development,” which premiered over the Memorial Weekend, is in full effect. The cult of ‘AD’ has grown to a deafening roar over the years, the anticipation and expectations at the prospect of the show’s triumphant return were at an all time high going into the weekend. “Arrested Development” was neglected and then canceled in 2006 by 20th Century Fox and somehow defied the odds to return seven years later with a new lease on life thanks to Netflix and their own expanding desire for (semi) original programming. But if you’re disappointed with this new season, it may be easy to understand why. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.

The 5 Best Episodes Of 'Arrested Development' From The First 3 Seasons

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 23, 2013 3:13 PM
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"Arrested Development," as the opening credits inform us, is the story "of one wealthy family, who lost everything and the son who had no choice but to keep them all together." This synopsis, about the Bluth family and their continued struggles, makes it sound like something out of the Chuck Lorre factory of middlebrow mediocrity. But "Arrested Development," created by cracked genius Mitchell Hurwitz, would go on to become one of the most beloved (and short-lived) comedy series in the history of television, one whose fan-base was so outspoken that this weekend the series will be resurrected with a collection of episodes airing exclusively on Netflix's streaming service. The unthinkable has happened: The Bluths are back from the dead.

First Look At Isla Fisher In 'Arrested Development' Plus New Pics & Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2013 12:58 PM
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It's hard to believe that in just a few weeks, after years of hopes, rumors, speculation and wishful thinking, a brand new season of "Arrested Development" will be here. And it won't be parceled out with an episode each week -- instead, Netflix is going to drop all 15 in one go, prompting marathon viewing across the nation, and challenging servers from coast to coast.

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