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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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Bad Words
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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Bad Words
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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Bad Words
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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  • 5 Comments
Bad Words
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.

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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Bad Words, Jason Bateman
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.

Allison Janney & Philip Baker Hall Will Say 'Bad Words' For Jason Bateman

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 5, 2012 10:38 AM
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With a new season of “Arrested Development” just around the corner, Jason Bateman has figured that now would be the best time to mount his feature-length directorial debut with “Bad Words.” He’s already proving to have an eye for talent now that he’s cast excellent character actors Allison Janney and Philip Baker Hall.

Jason Bateman Has Some 'Bad Words' For His Directorial Debut

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 11, 2012 10:42 AM
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“Arrested Development” is finally making its way back before cameras thanks to Netflix, so that means that the cast will be too busy for other projects in the near future, right? Wrong. Jason Bateman is planning on taking the lead role in the Andrew Dodge’s 2011 Black Listed indie comedy “Bad Words.” He’ll play a bitter thirtysomething (despite being 43) who exploits a loophole to enter a kids' spelling bee. Not content with simply starring in the film though, Bateman has lined this up to be his debut feature as a director.

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