TIFF Pick of the Day: September 6, 2013

Pick: Bad Words
Director: Jason Bateman
Showtimes: Today at 9:30 p.m. ET at the Ryerson Theatre, Saturday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Ryerson Theatre at 9 p.m.

Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) is a cranky, middle-aged high school dropout who finds a registration loophole in order to participate in the National Quill Spelling Bee. His competition, however, consists of children. Trilby reams through regional competitions. He finally reaches the national level, while forming a relationship with a female reporter and rivals with young Nationals competitor, Chaitanya (Rohan Chand) along the way. Before Trilby reveals why he’s in it to win it, he must first face Dr. Bernice Deagan (Allison Janney), the bee director.

Why we chose Bad Words: Bad Words is Bateman’s directorial debut in a feature film. The transition from actor to director is never easy, but with the experience from directing a few episodes of Valerie’s Family, Arrested Development, and Family Matters, Bateman has the world of directing now in the palm of his hands. In an interview with The Associated Press, the Arrested Development star said “It’s just ultimately much, much more challenging and I’m at a place in my life where I’m just very eager to challenge myself more.” In other words, he’s bringing his A-game. The script for Bad Words, written by Andrew Dodge, made the 2011 Black List as well. With the buzz of Arrested Development’s return this year, Bad Words is probably a movie that fans of the show should check out. It’s a dark comedy that promises the witty, satirical, and politically incorrect humour we all love.