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Bad Words (2013)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 28 March 2014 (USA)
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A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult.

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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Pete Fowler
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Bedazzled Judge
Gwen Parden ...
Brace Faced Girl
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Sriram Chopra
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Bald Glasses Judge
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Bill Murhoff
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Ingrid
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Braden Aftergood
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Ling Quan
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Storyline

An adult, who has been a school dropout, finds a loophole in the regulations and participates in the largest spelling bee in the USA, The Golden Quill. His aim is to take revenge for something done to him in the past. Written by Sophia Canoni

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The end justifies the mean.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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28 March 2014 (USA)  »

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Palavrões  »

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Box Office

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,301, 16 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,764,027, 16 May 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Jason Bateman. See more »

Goofs

During the diner scene with Chia and Guy, when the mother comes to talk to Guy, Chia is sitting with his back against the seat, the camera angle changes and shows Chia then sitting forward with the menu in his hand. The camera angle changes again, and Chia is sitting back against the seat again with no menu. Once again, the angle changes and Chia is sitting forward again with the menu in his hand again. See more »

Quotes

Guy Trilby: [to a mother who swore in the presence of Chai] Why don't you take your potty mouth, go locate your pre-teen cock-sucking son and stuff him back up that old blown-out sweat sock of a vagina and scoot off back to whatever shit-kicking town you came from!
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References Slumdog Millionaire (2008) See more »

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Holiday Dreams
Written by Hans Kia and Tony Tape
Courtesy of APM Music
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Off-color, refreshing, and gutsy
25 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

I feel compelled to review this because I believe some took this movie too personally, and thus rated it poorly.

If you are easily offended, you might be shocked or uncomfortable on several occasions. If you understand this is an artistic work of fiction, or if you like dark, sinister comedy, you can laugh at how this movie relentlessly pummels you with awkward moments. My advice is to cast away your moral standings in reality, and try see this movie from another perspective.

To be vague, it turns out there's a method to the madness towards the end. And for me, the underlying message made it worthwhile. Jason Bateman was incredibly convincing in this role!


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