Kathryn Hahn
Critic's Pick: 'Bad Words'
Critic's Pick: 'Bad Words'

If you haven't made it to "Bad Words," Jason Bateman's directing debut and sarcastic takedown of the spelling bee game, it's just become much easier to indulge in this guilty pleasure. Like Bateman's 40-year-old Guy with a grudge and unbeatable spelling chops, the movie is turning up everywhere now. The competitive spelling world, teeming with bright kids, obsessive parents and rigid educators, proves to be rich terrain for a caustic, clever comedy. The actor-director puts himself in good funny company too — Kathryn Hahn and Allison Janney among others. Screenwriter Andrew Dodge's wordplay is smartly conceived and terribly un-PC. As Guy chalks up wins, his verbal assaults become merciless,...