Bateman plays Guy Trilby, a middle aged guy who has decided that it’s about time he win a spelling bee against dozens of elementary and middle school-aged kids. Journalist Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn) is following him for a story, trying to figure out what makes this foul-mouthed manchild tick.
The rules were made to be broken, but as we learn in the exclusive clip below, none of the rules in the 83 paragraphs and 581 lines of the rules of the Golden Quill spelling bee were broken, especially not subpoint B of Rule 24, found on page 39 of the contest’s rulebook.
“Speller must not have passed beyond the 8th grade on or before February 1, 2011,” Trilby spits off to angry spelling bee administrators who don’t want him to compete. The joke’s on them: as Trilby’s transcript shows, he hasn’t passed 8th grade.
Check out the clip above for your first taste of “Bad Words,” due in theaters March 28.