Much to the chagrin of contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders, 40-year-old school dropout Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) finds himself competing against kids in a national spelling bee due to a loophole. In the midst of annihilating his competition, he forges an unlikely friendship with a 10-year-old boy named Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand). The premise allows plenty of opportunity for politically inappropriate jokes, boundary pushing humor and overall crude situations. In other words… my kind of movie.
The subversive black comedy first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It marks the directorial debut of Bateman. Reception was positive enough that Focus Features picked it up for $7 million. Bad Words will hit theaters in limited release on March 21, 2014. Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, and Kathryn Hahn round out the cast. Check out the newly-released red band trailer below.