news\ Jan 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Watch Jason Bateman harass 8th graders in the 'Bad Words' Red Band Trailer

Making his debut as a director -- and starring in it too -- is Jason Bateman with the upcoming comedy Bad Words. Bateman stars alongside Rohan Chand (Homeland) and Kathryn Hahn (We're the Millers) in a movie about a 40-year-old man who wreaks havoc in the national spelling bee.

The synopsis is:

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.

Honestly, I'm intrigued by the premise and it looks like it's going to have some good, raunchy jokes. If you're also intrigued, Bad Words hits theaters on March 14, 2014. 

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