Bad Words Review by Tarek Fayoumi


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At first I felt that “Bad Words” was going to be a waste of time, but I am wrong. This comedy really caught my attention, and I see it to be one of the best comedies of 2014 already. Especially with the plot being a grown-up with a potty-mouth who wants to be the winner at a spelling be and be-friends an Indian child and teaches him the negative side of his behavior. Also that the negative things the main character does is so funny and disturbing. Disturbing to the point where he even thinks of negative strategies to help himself win and cause other players of the spelling bee to get disqualified.

I am aware most people and other articles have said this movie is not so good–the language and the concept is wrong. Most of the humor is like “Superbad” meets “Diary of A Wimpy Kid.” With tons of F bombs and little kids and the F bombs being used around little kids. What is being experienced on the big screen is like a more harsh version of “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” However, they are not out on the search for food, they are out on the search for popularity and vulgar behavior. When Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) tells Chaitanya Chopra (Rohand Chand) that if he does not shut up on the plane he will tell the air marshal he hears his bag ticking (as in a bomb) that just leaves Rohan to want to be exposed to more horrible behavior and taken in the hands of the horrible Trilby.

The genius portion of this movie is the how Bateman (who is also the director) has all of his dialogue placed in the movie. Normally hard R comedies just consist of the usual F-Bombs and other horrible words for no apparent reason, because when a film is already raunchy directors and other filmmakers just think it is best to spice it up with just throwing in swear words randomly. Bateman however does use foul-language too, not in the sense that it is just to be funny though but to make sure it serves a  purpose. I am not going to give away any more spoilers about the language, but word of advice you will die laughing if you see the movie and understand what I mean once you listen to the dialogue.

“Bad Words” plot is like most competition films. Guy Trilby wants to  part of a spelling bee and he is a talented speller. Only problem is he is forty years old and many parents believe it is not fair to the children and that he is taking away their opportunities to feel have something to hope for in their lives. Whenever Trilby is told that he should not be in the spelling bee, that is where all of the language and harsh behavior comes into play, along with an agent who he pays to assist him in the process Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn). She always sets her reasons making the districts sound like they are being stereotypical of everyone in which they may or may not be, but Guy does not care because he wants to make a name for himself.

Chaitanya Chopra plays with Guy’s mind to be his friend. He does this by basically defining his words and saying that his dialogue is a sentence and not a word to just really challenge Guy into tricking him into hopefully being his friend.

With the negativity of Guy, the angry students and parents, and Chaitanya, there is Guy’s evil plan to getting his award and winning the spelling bee.

“Bad Words” is really not intended for children. I admit it, it is awkward to see young children in this movie. Many teenagers will love it however, just for the language and its scenes of stupidity. For years kids have watched so many movies now with off-limit content and now child actors are just being in front of all the off-limit content of films. Three and a half stars.

 

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