by Brad Nelson 8/27/14
Many of you out there don’t believe in the “spirit” or “soul.” But sometimes a thing can become self-evident by its absence.
I watched about 25 minutes of a movie yesterday — Bad Words — before I had to turn it off. Those who have watched it all the way through and perhaps discovered a good and complete movie may inform me if this is the case. But I doubt such a person exists.
This will not be an attempt at a movie review, for the subject matter is beneath even my poor dignity to want to describe it. Let’s just say that if you think it is a cute, wholesome, and fulsome moment for an adult to prompt a clearly intelligent and clean-cut 9-year-old boy to say “mother fucker” then you sadden me.
Jason Bateman stars as a grown-man (I use that term loosely) who finds a loophole in the national spelling bee contest and joins as a contestant against children. I knew there was something odd about this film when I read the description at Red Box. It was about a spelling bee with an adult participant (surely grist for comedy a la the Seinfeld episode wherein Kramer is in a karate class with children and suitably kicks their butts). But it also had an “R” rating. For a show centered around children in a spelling bee? What gives?
This movie is notable if only to show how sick our culture is and how sick Hollywood is (or whoever produced the film). If you think it cute for an adult to say to a child who has refried beans on his face from a fast-food splurge (and I forget the exact words) “You look like you were on the wrong end of some man-love,” then I pity you.
I have a high tolerance for the black arts in movies. One has to if one is going to make it through even the first 10 minutes of the typical movie these days. But this was exceptionally an affront to just common decency, and I consider myself no prude. This is a sick movie only enjoyable by a sick culture. From the looks of the numbers at IMDB.com (Budget: $9,500,000 / Gross: $7,764,027) maybe America is not yet too far gone. This piece of shit deserved to lose money. And Jason Bateman needs to ask forgiveness from someone for appearing in this piece of cultural pornography.
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