Bad Words (2013)

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A misanthropic man sets out to exact revenge on his estranged father, by finding a loophole and attempting to win the National Spelling Bee as an adult. Figuring it would destroy his father, and everything he's worked so hard for as head of the Spelling Bee Championship Organization, Guy Trilby eventually discovers winning isn't necessary for revenge, and that friendship is a blessing not a curse.

Film Overview
"Bad Words" is an American black comedy movie directed by Jason Bateman and written by Andrew Dodge. The film premiered in 2013 including Bateman in this directorial debut, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, and Philip Baker Hall. "Bad Words" focuses on the life of a forty-year-old man who discovers a loophole and takes part in a national spelling bee competitors meant for children.

Plot Outline
The movie begins with Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman), a fortysomething proofreader who crashes a regional spelling bee contest in Columbus, Ohio, making use of a loophole in its guidelines. The requirement for the contestants is that they have not graduated from 8th grade, and Guy had dropped out of high school in the eighth grade. Following a string of victories, Guy's antics wind up infuriating parents, making him both prestige and media attention.

Secret Characters
Person is accompanied by Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn), a reporter who wishes to uncover Guy's factors for partaking in the competition. As they bond, Jenny often ends up being the brunt of Guy's crabby temperament and provocative pranks. Guy also encounters an identified 10-year-old rival Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand) who seeks to befriend Guy, eventually softening Guy's solidified heart.

Main Conflict and Resolution
As the competitors progresses, Guy's unrefined methods fail to lessen Chaitanya's friendly nature. Chaitanya demands spending quality time with Guy, causing a series of explicit antics. It becomes apparent that Guy's cruel run in the spelling bee contest is targeted at Dr. Deagan (Philip Baker Hall), the head of the spelling bee. It's exposed that Guy is Deagan's illegitimate child and he's looking for revenge against his daddy who deserted him.

Towards the climax, Guy, regardless of his mean-spirited nature, defends Chaitanya when he loses in the competitors due to bigotry from a fellow competitor. On the last contest day, Guy deliberately misspells a word so that he can disqualify himself, for that reason denying his daddy the complete satisfaction of seeing him win.

In the end, Guy's journey seems not just driven by revenge against his missing father, however by a deeper desire to avoid Chaitanya from winning a contest that would put him in the same disappointing scenario. The film ends with Guy returning to his regular life, but not prior to informing Jenny that he prepares to be a much better individual. He maintained a relationship with Chaitanya and got a thank-you note from the young kid, showing a change in his hardened outside.

"Bad Words" showcases Jason Bateman's skills both in front and behind the cam. The movie provides a special twist on the conventional underdog sports story, utilizing humor and unrefined antics while dealing with much deeper themes of loss, abandonment, and redemption. In spite of its seemingly extreme setup, the film subtly checks out the value of friendship, acceptance, and the significance of standing up against frustrations. Its conclusion brings a potent punch, implicitly suggesting that it is never too late for individual growth and change, no matter one's age.

Top Cast

  • Jason Bateman (small)
    Jason Bateman
    Guy Trilby
  • Kathryn Hahn (small)
    Kathryn Hahn
    Jenny Widgeon
  • Rohan Chand (small)
    Rohan Chand
    Chaitanya Chopra
  • Philip Baker Hall (small)
    Philip Baker Hall
    Dr. Bowman
  • Allison Janney (small)
    Allison Janney
    Dr. Bernice Deagan
  • Ben Falcone (small)
    Ben Falcone
    Pete Fowler
  • Steve Witting (small)
    Steve Witting
    Proctor at Spelling Bee
  • Beth Grant (small)
    Beth Grant
    Bedazzled Judge
  • Gwen Parden
    Brace Faced Girl
  • Anjul Nigam (small)
    Anjul Nigam
    Sriram Chopra
  • Allan Miller (small)
    Allan Miller
    Bald Glasses Judge