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As you can probably guess from the title, the new comedy Bad Words is a movie that will probably best be watched when not in the company of children. Like Bad Santa and Bad Teacher before it, the film looks like it will revel in various kinds of R-rated hijinks, including plenty of foul language and maybe some of the good ol' sex and violence. Green band trailers meant for all audiences aren't typically the best way to advertise these kinds of movies, but the truth is that even censored Bad Words still looks like a pretty fun way to spend an afternoon.
Based on a script by newcomer Andrew Dodge, the new film tells the story of Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) a former spelling bee loser who plans to take revenge on the system by exposing a loophole. Having never passed the eighth grade, Guy enters into an elementary school spelling bee and plans to take home the big prize. Bateman is making his feature directorial debut with the movie after having spent many years directing on the small screen.
While I do enjoy this latest spot, I don't think it's as strong as both the previously released green band and red band trailers that had a few more laughs (plus this one recycles quite a bit of footage). You can watch the earlier trailers below:
The film earned some positive buzz coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and I'm looking forward to it largely because it seems like such a departure for Bateman. Thanks to his brilliant work on Arrested Development he's been stuck playing the generally nice guy stuck in a bad situation for years (Horrible Bosses, The Switch, Identity Thief, Extract, etc.), so getting the chance to play a totally despicable asshole should be a lot of fun to watch. On top of that, there's a possibility here that he could emerge as a very talented comedic director who starts putting out stuff every couple of years.
Bad Words co-stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Rachel Harris, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand and will be in theaters on March 28th.