Trailer of the Week: Jason Bateman Bullies a Bunch of Kids via Foul Wordplay in Directorial Debut ‘Bad Words’

Trailer of the Week: Jason Bateman Bullies a Bunch of Kids via Foul Wordplay in Directorial Debut 'Bad Words'

Before the Trailer, We Thought: Critically well received upon its unveiling at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Jason Bateman’s directorial debut “Bad Words” emerged as one of the hottest buys of the festival after Focus Features nabbed worldwide rights to the hard-R comedy. 

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And Now? Focus has wisely gone down the Red Band route with their first trailer for the comedy (which opens in March) to showcase just how foul mouthed Bateman’s film is.

Bateman headlines the film as a bitter thirty-something man who finds a loophole that allows him to compete in and dominate spelling bee competitions usually reserved for children. Cue to the creative, wordy put-downs. The one Bateman directs to Rachael Harris near the end of the promo is particularly memorable.

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Pretty sure 52% of the population was, once again, not considered when this script was written. And Hollywood wonders, year after year, why they're just not making money anymore. Does everything have to be for women? No. But when a script is as blatantly misogynist as this one is, it's pretty obvious that you're not going to get half of the world into those seats. And who's going out to buy the DVDs for their 12 year old boys? Who's making sure Netflix subscriptions are updated regularly? Who's bringing the whole family to the movies on Christmas? Yeah… it's not dudes. This'll probably do fine at the indie box office, but DVD sales are going to be a totally different story. And that's where it's gonna hurt a movie like this, which will need DVD sales. Hollywood is so, so blind.

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