The first green band trailer for R-rated comedy mainstay Jason Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words has arrived in the wake of positive reports from the film’s premiere at TIFF last year. The latest in a string of R-Rated comedies helmed by the former Arrested Development star, Bad Words is reported to take a darkly comic look at overachieving children and underachieving adults alike.
Bateman plays Guy Trilby, a former spelling bee loser who seeks to return to the competition as an adult and win the National Quill Spelling Bee. Joining him in the film are the likes of Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn, and Philip Baker Hall.
Guy Trilby is a 40-year-old man seeking catharsis in his life. He seizes the ideal that this will come for him through the National Spelling Bee; after discovering a loophole in the rules, Guy zealously joins the competition and easily outpaces the pre-teen field in match after match. As reporter Jenny Widgeon delves into Guy’s story, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely friendship with a competitor, awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya, which may spell things differently for his future.
Bateman is directing from a debut script written by Andrew Dodge.
Bad Words begins its limited US release on March 14th, before opening wide on March 28th. No UK release date has been announced, but Focus Features has purchased worldwide distribution rights for the film.