Director: Jason Bateman. Cast: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall. 89 min. Rated R. Comedy.
A 40-year-old antisocial and (admirably) politically-incorrect loser finds a way around the rules and participates in the National Spelling Bee - to the annoyance of everybody on the planet. As though that wasn't enough, he befriends a young Indian contestant à la Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. Jason Bateman shines in the starring role of his very amusing directorial debut, but in the end, the plot is so preposterous, the entire event loses its charm. Nevertheless, this should serve Bateman the way Limitless served Bradley Cooper: placing him on the map as a multi-talented artist that can take charge of major future projects.