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WATCH: Two New Clips from Jason Bateman's SXSW-Bound Spelling Bee Comedy 'Bad Words'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 24, 2014 at 2:35PM

As Jason Bateman's feature directorial debut "Bad Words" prepares to land at SXSW on March 7, two new clips have arrived from the comedy about a 40-year-old who hijacks the pre-teen Golden Quill national spelling bee. Check it all out, below.
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Jason Bateman in 'Bad Words'
Jason Bateman in 'Bad Words'

As Jason Bateman's feature directorial debut "Bad Words" prepares to land at SXSW on March 7, two new clips have arrived from the comedy about a 40-year-old who hijacks the pre-teen Golden Quill national spelling bee. Check it all out, below.

Following its SXSW bow, "Bad Words" arrives in theaters March 28. Here's the official synopsis from the festival program:

Jason Bateman ("Identity Thief") makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy Bad Words. In the movie, he stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, who zealously plays to win the prize money at stake, outpacing the pre-teen field in match after match. While reporter Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn of "We’re the Millers") attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand of "Homeland"), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.

Kathryn Hahn, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney and Rohan Chand also star.

This article is related to: Video, Video, Jason Bateman, Bad Words, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.