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.
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.