Last month, Focus Features showed off the first footage from Bad Words in a red band trailer filled with R-rated language. For those who prefer a family-friendly approach, the studio has released an all-ages trailer for Jason Bateman's directorial debut. The filmmaker stars as 40-year-old Gus Trilby, who exploits a loophole to compete in The Golden Quill National Spelling Bee, where he forms a unique friendship with a 10-year-old competitor (Rohan Chand). This comedy opens in limited release March 14, before expanding nationwide March 28.
Jason Bateman (Identity Thief) makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy Bad Words. Mr. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn of We're the Millers) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of Homeland), who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life.