BATEMAN - The Salt Lake Tribune News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us (Webmaster) DVD review: Bateman makes a sharply funny debut as director in ‘Bad Words’ <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="">DVD review: Bateman makes a sharply funny debut as director in ‘Bad Words’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sean P. Means</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T12:37:52.863-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 12:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Grade • B DVD •The word for Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, “Bad Words,” is S-C-A-T-H-I-N-G. The humor in Andrew Dodge’s script — which centers on Guy (played by Bateman), a 40ish jerk who exploits a loophole in the rules of a youth spelling bee so he can make the national finals — is profanely sharp, as Guy spars with competition officials (Allison Janney and Philip Baker Hall), toys with a reporter (Kathryn Hahn) who’s sweet on him, and plays mind games with his preteen rivals. But Bat...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href=""> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:37:52 MDT