Bad Words

2014 R 1h 29m Blu-ray / DVD

Bad Words

2014 R 1h 29m Blu-ray / DVD
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Blessed with a photographic memory but no high school education, Guy Trilby discovers that he's eligible to enter spelling bees intended for children. As Guy steamrolls his pre-teen competition, a journalist tries to find out what motivates him.
Cast
Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Steve Witting, Anjul Nigam, Philip Baker Hall
Director
Jason Bateman
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 2.40:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them. R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Bad Words is a mostly hilarious, sharp-edged comedy, with lots of crude humor. Though it features children as part of its cast, it's not kid-friendly. In fact, its lead character spares nobody his caustic verbal attacks, including kids. Prepare to hear loads of insulting and coarse language, including "c--ksucker," "s--t" and "f--k." There are also a few scenes showing a couple having sex, though we see only their faces, and a brief view from above the waist. An adult discusses sex with a child as if they're the same age, and even hires a prostitute to show off her breasts to him, which viewers see as well.

Sexual Content

A couple is shown having sex in a supply closet -- we see only their faces but it's clear they're having sex from their conversation, movements, and facial expressions. It's played as over-the-top funny, not seductively. A man hires a prostitute to show off her breasts to a 10-year-old boy, which we see, too. The boy later asks if he can touch them. Again this is played for laughs, but it has a very sharp edge. A boy bugs an adult, who, irritated, mentions the word "auto-fellatio" to the child.

Violence

A man verbally tears apart the people around him -- children, included -- and seems to be immune to the feelings of others, throwing insults and curses at them whenever they get in his way. In one scene, he derides a woman with graphic descriptions of her genitalia. Parents throw a chair and spit at a car carrying a hated spelling-bee rival.

Language

A movie about a spelling bee is word-crazy, including curse words: "s--t," "---hole," "hell," "screw," "d--keater," "c--ksucker" and "f--k," sometimes said by, or in front of, a child.

Social Behavior

Even the biggest grump can be softened, if only a little bit, with love, friendship, and understanding. Expect some sexist and racist comments played for humor.

Consumerism

Some labels: Apple, Kahlua, Ford, Jameson.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Guy tends to drink a lot, whenever he finds himself near a bar or mini-bar. Sometimes he passes out drunk, and he's also shown driving soon after downing shots, with a child as passenger. Some adults smoke in the movie.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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