You know what every actor really wants to do? To direct, of course. So after a ton of movies, a ton of TV shows, and a ton of Hollywood years under his belt, Jason Bateman is finally getting that chance. He’s putting it to use on the comedy “Bad Words,” and you can check out two clips from it below.
Looks like ol Jason is went a tad overboard with his debut, though. Did the camera really need to be swirling around the characters in the first clip? It’s like a Michael Bay movie. I kept expecting people to start shooting lasers or transforming into killer robots or something.
Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year old who finds a loophole in the rules of the National Quill 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 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.
Starring Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn and Phillip Baker Hall.
Opens in select theaters March 14th and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th.