Let us now (secretly) praise Jack Bauer. You remember the combustible protagonist of Fox's long-running thriller 24?
When there was a terrorist threat to this nation, he would defuse it by whatever means came to hand, however unsavory. We desperately needed the guy, but we deplored his methods, at least for the record.
We've grown so accustomed to Jason Bateman's screen persona as a sweet-natured doormat from projects like Arrested Development and Identity Thief that it's shocking to see him behave scurrilously. Particularly when he does it with the assaultive flair he wields in Bad Words.
A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.