Jason-Bateman-in-Bad-WordsThere’s no doubt that Jason Bateman’s Bad Words is set to be one of the best comedies of the year, getting its debut out in Toronto last year to glowing early reviews.

The R-rated comedy launched a suitably red-band first trailer last year, followed more recently by a new trailer and poster this month. And with its release just a few weeks away, Focus Features have launched the red-band first clip, focusing on Bateman’s character’s winning word to great comedic effect.

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.

Rohan Chand stars opposite Bateman as the young Chaitanya, with Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone, Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall, Rachael Harris, Ethan Dizon, and Beth Grant completing the ensemble.

Bateman makes his feature debut as both director and producer, with a Black Listed script from newcomer Andrew Dodge.

Bad Words will begin its limited release in the US on March 14th before opening wide on March 28th. Still no word yet on a UK release date, but here’s to hoping it will be in our cinemas by summer, at the latest.

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