Directed by: Jason Bateman
Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Philip Baker Hall and Allison Janney
Fuckin' see this!! Okay... did I get your attention? Good. This movie was not at all bad! Ya laugh your ass off quite a few times and when a comedy actually does what you signed up to see... it’s a win with me!
In his directorial debut, Jason Bateman (Identity Thief, Arrested Development) takes on the Andrew Dodge written script, (whose next film “O’ Lucky Day” is already in preproduction and looks interesting... but that’s a story for another time), plus he is playing the lead role! Knowing his own strengths and weaknesses, Bateman uses this to propel the very funny concept forward and surrounds himself with talent that makes him look damn good doing it.
Kathryn Hahn (We’re the Millers) is ridiculously hysterical in a character that seemed written with her in mind. In fact, something tells me that it was. There are only GOOD WORDS to say about her here.
Hahn plays Jenny Widgeon, an online journalist who follows Bateman’s Guy Trilby character, into scheming hell, all for a story. Well that and a role in the hay.
As Trilby’s love interest (what little interest either actually has in one another), she gets the biggest laughs during their sex scenes as she screams for him not to look at her.
A very funny moment comes later when the two of them are in the shower and he says it to her… the entire theater was roaring.
Guy Trilby is a high school dropout who is determined to ruin a children’s spelling bee by moving to the top of it through a loophole in the rules. He can’t be stopped by his age nor by his inability to spell as it seems he can spell every word in the dictionary. This does lead one to wonder, ‘Why, then, does such profuse language drip from his obviously intelligent tongue?' Clearly he’s much smarter than he's acting but behavior suggests otherwise. So, why is he infiltrating and hijacking a spelling bee?? The true reason behind this will be revealed toward the end but until then, you will have fun watching Bateman abuse everyone around him… even the children. Yes, even the children. It is offensive and off-color but if you actually find it offensive, well, the title should have warned you.
The real star of the picture is Rohan Chand (Lone Survivor) as Chaitanya Chopra. His massive eyes and adorable demeanor will have you feeling sorry for him, but Chand has a twinkle in his eyes that indicates he too could be up to something. But those eyes… that face… it’s soul crushing to watch Trilby brutalize this kid and call him names such as “Slumdog” and other such references, but the situation Trilby is in with this kid lends itself to some real hilarity.
Some of the mean goes a bit far but overall I recommend this, especially if you are a Jason Bateman and Kathryn Hahn fan. The pair are great together and I hope they team up more and more and produce numerous outrageous comedies with one another because they have chemistry and when a duo like this one works this well, there’s hardly a better reason to get the shoes on, buy and ticket and go to a show.
Rated R! Don't bring the kiddies, please.