BAD WORDS Blu-ray Review

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Movies like Bad Words tend to fiercely divide critics, with one half accusing them of empty shock tactics and the other half praising their edginess and daring. I fall into the latter camp with this one, though I can certainly understand the former. Not everyone wants to watch Jason Bateman’s misanthropic protagonist laying into small children with a viciousness that would make Terrell Owens blanch. The question becomes why his character would do such a thing, and in its journey towards the answer, Bad Words actually goes to some very interesting places. Hit the jump for my Bad Words Bluray review.

New Posters for BIRDMAN, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, ALEXANDER, and ABCS OF DEATH 2

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We’ve got a few new posters to share this evening.  Briefly:

  • Birdman – A new Birdman poster for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ambitious drama shows a flying Michael Keaton amidst a stark black-and-white pattern.  The film opens in theaters on October 17th.
  • This Is Where I Leave You – A series of rather unfortunate character posters for Shawn Levy’s otherwise promising drama highlight the dynamic ensemble cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver.  The film opens in theaters on September 12th.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Two posters for Disney’s children’s book adaptation show the before and after of the film’s titular day.  Starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, the pic opens on October 10th.
  • ABCs of Death 2 – The official poster for Magnet’s second anthology collection of horror shorts portrays a rather menacing-looking Death.  The film will be available VOD on October 2nd and hits theaters on October 31st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

THE LONGEST WEEK Trailer Has Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup Fighting for Olivia Wilde’s Affections

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Gravity Ventures has released The Longest Week trailer online.  The movie stars Jason Bateman as an affluent 40-year-old whose allowance is cut off by his parents, and is forced to move in with his friend (Billy Crudup).  However, their friendship becomes strained as they compete to win the heart of a beautiful woman (Olivia Wilde).  This comedy looks so light that it might actually float away, and although I really like the cast (which also includes Jenny Slate), I’m surprised they’re in something that seems so forgettable.

Hit the jump to watch The Longest Week trailer.  The film opens in theaters and will be available on VOD on September 5th.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Images Showcase New Villains

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Just a couple of days after New Line released the trailer, we’re getting a couple of Horrible Bosses 2 images from the sequel directed by Sean Anders (That’s My Boy). This time we’re treated to a more detailed view of the film’s new villains Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. I actually like the original film, so I could go for another round of Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis trying to channel their inner sociopaths.

When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) takes over, “the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company.”  Jennifer AnistonJamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey also return in for more on November 26th.  Hit the jump to check out the new Horrible Bosses 2 images! 

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer Gives a First Look at Stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis

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New Line has released the first trailer for Horrible Bosses 2, directed by Sean Anders (That’s My Boy).  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis return to start a new business in the sequel.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) takes over, “the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company.”  I somehow missed the first installment from Seth Gordon back in 2011, but this new trailer makes me want to remedy that ASAP.  It’s also got the best use of “Turn Down for What” since, well, DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s video.

Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey also return in Horrible Bosses 2, scheduled for release on November 26th.  Hit the jump to watch the first Horrible Bosses 2 trailer.

Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in FBI Wedding Comedy for Universal

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Jason Bateman is lining up another project, but this time as a director.  The actor recently made his directorial debut with the very funny comedy Bad Words, and now he has been set to direct and star in an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal.  The film revolves around two undercover FBI agents who pretend to fall in love in order to use their wedding as a law enforcement trap against the mob.  The project has actually been in development for years, initially coming together at Warner Bros. as a star vehicle for Steve Carell, though he’s no longer involved with the film.

Hit the jump for more, including the status of Bateman’s next directorial effort.

First THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Trailer Features a Grieving Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver

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Warner Bros. has released the first This Is Where I Leave You trailer for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  This movie throws a lot of talented actors together, and it looks like they’re playing off each other wonderfully.  I was smiling throughout this trailer, and I’m glad that there appears to be so much chemistry among this amazing cast.

Hit the jump to watch the This Is Where I Leave You trailer.  The film stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

First Look at Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Many More in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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The first This Is Where I Leave You image has landed online for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  The fantastic ensemble cast of the comedic drama is led by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Cory Stoll, and Adam Driver as the Foxman siblings, with Jane Fonda playing their psychologist mother.  I’ve read the book and it’s a sharply comedic and rather emotional chronicle of this relatable, dysfunctional family, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Levy and his cast bring the story to life—especially with Tropper penning the script himself.

Hit the jump to check out the full cast in the debut This Is Where I Leave You image.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra Monk, and the not-pictured Abigail Spencer and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

Jason Bateman Talks BAD WORDS, Directing His First Feature, Finding the Tone, His Next Project THE FAMILY FANG, and More

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Bad Words, the feature directorial debut of Jason Bateman, is the subversively funny story of Guy Trilby (played by Bateman), a 40-year-old man who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to hijack the competition.  The overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, who is determined to crush their dreams of winning. The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand.

At the film’s press day, actor/director Jason Bateman spoke at a roundtable interview about why he wanted to take on the responsibility of directing a film, finding the tone of the story, bringing the flaws and vulnerabilities out of the character, having so many swear words, the process of directing himself, making the best use of pre-production, working with his young co-stars, and coming from a funny family.  He also talked about going into production on his next directorial effort, The Family Fang, in May, why directing is the greatest job in the world, and that he prefers contributing to an already existing script over writing something himself.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

BAD WORDS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Bad Words opens today in limited release.]

As I’ve said in previous reviews, I’m a Jason Bateman fan. I think his critics are wrong when they say he only plays the straight man role. That’s the role he’s best known for, and even then “straight man” is a bit of a misnomer. Instead, Bateman’s adept at playing an outwardly nice guy with a not-very-nice guy deep down. Sometimes the inner guy is moderately deceptive like Arrested Development, sometimes he’s aggressive like Horrible Bosses, and in the case of Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, he’s one of the meanest motherfuckers around. Bateman’s secret weapon is that he still looks and talks like a nice guy, and because he pushes this new character to a level of remarkable despicability, Bad Words is a damn funny flick that plays it safe by the script, but hits hard with the jokes.

Jason Bateman Talks Making His Feature Directorial Debut, Why He Chose This Script, Shooting Digitally, and More on the Set of BAD WORDS

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One of my favorite films at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut Bad Words.  Andrew Dodge’s awesome script centers on a high-school drop-out (Bateman) who uses a loophole to compete in an 8th grade spelling bee, enraging teachers and parents alike, but befriending an awkward young contestant along the way.  And while the film could easily be a family friendly, PG movie that plays it safe, I’m happy to report Bateman has crafted a wholly R-rated movie that’s loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations.  It also explains why Focus Features snapped it up during an all night bidding war following the world premiere.  Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz and opens in select theaters March 14th and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th

Last year, when the production was filming in Los Angeles, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  During a break in filming, we landed a great interview with Jason Bateman.  He talked about why it took so long to direct his first feature, why he wanted to make Bad Words, his character, how it was always going to be rated R, why he shot with digital cameras, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Win Tickets to BAD WORDS Los Angeles Premiere

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One of my favorite films at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut Bad WordsAndrew Dodge’s awesome script centers on a high-school drop-out (Bateman) who uses a loophole to compete in an 8th grade spelling bee, enraging teachers and parents alike, but befriending an awkward young contestant along the way.  And while the film could easily be a family friendly, PG movie that plays it safe, I’m happy to report Bateman has crafted a wholly R-rated movie that’s loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations.  It also explains why Focus Features quickly snapped it up during an all night bidding war following the world premiere.  Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz. 

With the film opening in limited release March 14 and expanding across the country March 21 and March 28, Focus is holding a Los Angeles premiere on March 5th and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away to some of our readers!  Hit the jump for details on how to win.

15 New Images from BAD WORDS Starring Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand, and Kathryn Hahn

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We’ve got 15 new images from Jason Bateman’s feature directorial debut Bad Words to share with you today.  Bateman also stars in the comedy as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  The crux of the film is the relationship between Trilby and a naïve, 10-year-old contestant named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), as the two strike up a rapport despite Trilby’s mean-spirited nature.  Watch the red-band trailer here, and check out Matt’s review from TIFF 2013.

Also starring Kathryn HahnAllison JanneyBen Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words opens in theaters in limited release on March 14th, expanding March 21st, and eventually going wide on March 28th.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

New Clip and Images from Jason Bateman’s Directorial Debut BAD WORDS

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Focus Features has released a new clip from Jason Bateman’s feature directorial debut Bad Words.  Bateman stars in the comedy as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  The crux of the film is the relationship between Trilby and a naïve, 10-year-old contestant named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), as the two strike up a rapport despite Trilby’s mean-spirited nature.  This clip is a scene towards the beginning of their friendship, as Chaitanya explains to Trilby that when he finds a girlfriend, she’s definitely going to have nipples.  I caught the film at TIFF last fall and while it’s very funny, it’s not for the easily offended; much of the comedy comes from just how terribly Trilby treats the other spelling bee contestants, all of whom are children.

Hit the jump to watch the clip and to check out some new images, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here to watch Steve’s interview with Bateman about the film.  The pic also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words opens in theaters on March 21st.

New Clip and Images from BAD WORDS Starring Jason Bateman and Rohan Chand

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Focus Features has released new images and a clip from Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut, Bad Words.  Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  Guy has a larger motive than just winning, but his mean-spirited nature allows him to berate and humiliate kids along the way.  In the clip, Guy meets 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), an innocent, naïve competitor, and their odd relationship provides the heart of the picture, or at least what little heart it has.  As I said in my review from TIFF, Bad Words is delightfully mean-spirited, and this clip is fairly tame compared to other moments in the picture.

Hit the jump to check out the clip and new images, and click here for Steve’s interview with Bateman.  The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words will play at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, and open in theaters on March 21st.

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