The Movie: 7/10
I enjoy laughing. Shocking, I know. I like to watch movies that genuinely make me feel the urge to laugh out loud. I only wish I could figure out the formula. It’s not magic, or mysterious, it’s just intangible. Comedy dished up in Bad Words is hit and miss. The hard hits made me laugh out loud for sure. The cast is funny, some of the dialog is humorous, and some of the imagery made me uncomfortable enough to giggle. The thing is, some of the “comedy” was not up my street of humor. It’s kind of lazy to show a kid doing things kids shouldn’t be doing, so that doesn’t seem funny to me. When the kid is actually FUNNY and has lines that bring out his timing and performance, that made me laugh.
Jason Bateman is also hit and miss for me. I like his style, kind of rye, kind of smart assy. When he does some of the drama I’m totally buying it. The thing is, his level of humor does dip a bit to below the line of laughable into the depths of eye rolling.
Rohand Chand plays the young boy who enters the national spelling bee and is up against our antagonist grown up jerky guy who wants to make some kind of statement. Rohand is charming and honest and he needs to be in more movies!
Kathryn Hahn is really good. She’s funny and subtle while playing a fairly stereotypical caricature of an online reporting semi-nerdy young lady. She made me laugh the most in the whole movie.
This movie is about a grown man who enters spelling bees. He wins a lot because he’s a proofreader and happens to be kind of a genius. Good premise. I like it. It kind of reminds me of old school 80’s movies with the severe characters who are unlikable but still have a heart. The thing that motivates this guy, well, not quite so interesting really. I mean, as a human being character the motivation is totally understandable and I get it. As for it being something compelling or even attempting to be as original as the grown up in a child’s spelling bee, well, not up to par.
The movie is well made, good pace, fun music, a few visual tricks to be cheeky and fun at the same time, and has an overall goodhearted message that kind of leaves the less entertaining parts in the dust for me.
- Deleted Scenes – A collection of seven deleted scenes, none of which add much to the movie.
- The Minds And Mouths Behind Bad Words – A quality 10 minute making of piece, the footage of the sex scene included here is actually funnier than what was used in the final cut. The rest is a talking head style behind the scenes with an emphasis on Director/Star Jason Bateman.
- Feature Commentary By Director Jason Bateman – Quite a low key commentary track by Bateman. If you are in the slightest bit interested in the film-making craft you need to listen as Jason goes into detail on the ins and outs of making a movie.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
Great cover I would consider having as a poster. The menu is just navigation.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Bad Words looks far from bad in this pristinely presented 1080P AVC transfer. The film has a lot of color correction and because of this it looks like the whole thing was filmed during Golden Hour. The transfer here preserves Bateman’s vision. Level of detail and sharpness is impeccable as for black levels which are inky but not crushed.
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio track is clean clear and a treat to listen to. The movie is mostly focused on Dialog but during the spelling bee when the crowd get a little excited the whole room lights up with surround sound. Special note should be made of the Montage scene where the Beastie Boys get to show off with a thunderous bassline that really moves your subwoofer.
Overall Score 7/10