Spelling was the topic of conversation at Wednesday night’s of Focus Feature’s “Bad Words,” the dark comedy starring Jason Bateman as a bitter middle-aged spelling bee contestant.

“I used to be good at spelling, but now I’m pretty bad because of spell-check,” Bateman admitted at the after-party at Sadie Kitchen following the premiere screening at the Cinerama Dome at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood.

Castmate Kathryn Hahn, who plays the love interest, fares better.

“I’m sort of good at spelling because I did take Latin in high school, so if it’s a Latin-based word, I’m probably OK. I loved the documentary ‘Spellbound,’ so I was so happy to be in this with all these smart kids.”

Bateman, who also directed, greeted attendees at the bash with co-star Rohan Chand, who plays a 10-year-old spelling prodigy. “He really balances out my bitterness — he’s the sweet and I’m the sour,” Bateman added.

“Bad Words” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival as Bateman’s feature directorial debut. The next day, Focus ponied up $7 million for U.S. rights. Bateman allowed that he’s fired up for his next gig: “I love directing. We start shooting another comedy, ‘The Family Fang,’ in May and I can’t wait.”

Bateman gave a brief thanks to castmates and Focus at the Dome, then gave the usual Arclight intro: “My name is Jason and I’ll be over at the side to make sure the sound and picture are up to Arclight standards.”