I've wanted to review this for a while now because I felt there was something special about it. It has a distinct tone that's all its own -- perhaps the very soul of Jason Bateman. Or how I've come to interpret who he is, anyway. Watching various behinds the scenes footage and interviews, it's very clear he's smart, clever, and damn funny. All of that is in Bad Words.
I love a good black comedy, and this one won't ostracize as many people as most do. I really could not stop laughing at some of the great verbal and contextual comedy. Bateman is a very good director who sets everything up very well. It might be hard to tell in some ways because Bad Words isn't showy, but it is finely crafted: a sweet, lovable, minor masterpiece.