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.