Focus Features has released the green-band trailer for Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words.

Bateman himself plays a 40-year-old man who finds a way into a children’s spelling bee so that he can make fun of the kids who compete in it.

The film also stars Rohan Chand, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker Hall.

Bad Words opens in the US on March 28th, with no Irish release date as of yet.

Jason Bateman (Identity Thief) makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy Bad Words. Mr. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn of We’re the Millers) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of Homeland), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.

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