The 'Arrested Development' actor rigs a bee in 'Bad Words'
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A 40-year-old competing in a spelling bee for kids? Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) is interning in that milieu. And like a kamikaze on a luge, he has a promiscuous knack for creating a fracas among his young rivals. In one vignette after another, this insouciant spoliator applies reverse psychiatry on his opponents until they suffer traumatic eczema and require therapy in a sanitarium. (The words in italics are those aced by winners of the National Spelling Bee since it began in 1925.)
Perhaps having tired of playing the lone nice guy in movies (Identity Thief) and on TV (Arrested Development), Bateman signed on as the star and director of Andrew Dodge’s acrid script about a man who finds loopholes in the rules of a fictional spelling bee run by the esteemed educator Dr. …