Bad Words, an inappropriate exercise in audacity starring Jason Bateman, works exceedingly well if you'd laugh at a full-grown adult with life experience and a job stealing candy from a baby. Appalling, you say! Never, you say! Now imagine the adult swiping that lollipop, laughing in that baby's face, and moonwalking away. Even if you don't agree with the act, you have to admire their spirit.
More than confidently-directed by Bateman, Bad Words (his feature directorial debut) follows Guy Trilby, a casually mean but focused adult entrant to the national spelling bee — yes, the one usually meant for children. The setup is quick and painless for all but the parents [...]