‘Arrested Development’ cast: Jason Bateman’s most LOL moments
If you’re a fan of the uniquely hilarious comedy Arrested Development, there’s no doubt you’re also a fan of the show’s lead, Jason Bateman. Though Bateman is widely known for his most recent serious role in the crime thriller Ozark, his long career as a comedy actor proceeds him. You can truly always rely on Bateman for some LOL moments. We’ve decided to look at his most delightfully amusing on-screen moments. So sick back, relax, and get ready for the laughs.
Max: Game Night (2018)
Bateman was last on the big screen in the action comedy hit Game Night which was described as a “smart adult flick that manages to be as much fun as a game night itself.” Fight Club meets Monopoly in Game Night – the film offering a hilarious trip into Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie’s (Rachel McAdams) weekly evening of competitive activities, which gets kicked up a notch when a friend’s murder-mystery party descends into gun-shooting mayhem.
Michael Bluth: Arrested Development (2003-2019)
In a family full of criminals, alcoholics, and illusionists, Bateman’s character Nichael Michael Bluth is the only member of the clan remotely capable of holding it together.
There are so many comical M-Bomb moments to choose from, one of our faves being his general disdain towards son George’s (Michael Cera) horrifically bland girlfriend Ann Veal (Mae Whitman) a.k.a. “her”. Check him trying to hold down the spew as George recalls her little mayonegg trick.
Guy Trilby: Bad Words (2013)
Gunning for a dark comedy? Bad Words is definitely one of Bateman’s best. Playing Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old spelling b misanthrope, Batman’s performance is bound to make you laugh.Watching Bateman struggling to spell “floccinaucinihilipilification” = pure gold.
“Can you repeat it one more time please?”
Dave Lockwood: The Change-Up (2011)
In The Change-Up, Bateman’s character Dave is given the arduous task of babysitting twins after switching bodies with young single man Mitch (Ryan Reynolds). In doing so, he reaches a revelation that pretty much sums up the perils of parenthood: “Having children, it’s like living with little mini heroin addicts. You know, they’re laughing one minute and then they’re crying the next and then they’re trying to kill themselves in your bathroom for no good reason.”
Nick Hendricks: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
Horrible Bosses 2 is a classic Bateman comedy to add to your watchlist. When Bateman’s character, Nick Hendricks, mistakes a sex addict therapy session for an AA meeting, hilarity ensues the moment he starts talking about “hitting it hard”.
Mark Loring: Juno (2007)
Bateman’s brilliance in Juno as Mark Loring can be chiseled down to one fantastic interaction:
Juno’s dad: “This of course is Juno.”
Mark: “Like the city in Alaska.”
Sandy Patterson: Identity Thief (2013)
Bateman didn’t even need to utter a word in the singalong scene of Identity Thief to make us LOL – his face says it all. Pure hatred . . . not that Diana (Melissa McCarthy) noticed.
Ray: Hancock (2008)
Another signature comedy role, Jason Bateman played Ray in superhero film Hancock. The moment Ray bluntly explains to John Hancock (Will Smith) why he’s an a**hole is fantastic. “It’s not a crime to be an a**hole, but it’s very counterproductive.”
Josh Parker: Office Christmas Party (2016)
Okay, so watching Bateman deep throat an eggnog luge in Office Christmas Party is the dumbest high-school humor ever, but don’t try and deny it makes you chuckle (just a little bit).
Judd Altman: This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
This hilarious interaction alone makes This Is Where I Leave You a Bateman classic:
Judd: “Mom, can you please close that robe?”
Judd’s mom: “They’re just breasts, Judd. Same ones you suckled at.”
Judd: “No mother, those are not the same breasts you nursed us with, those are different, you’ve got bionic breasts now.”
Wally Mars: The Switch (2010)
You can’t deny Wally & Leonard’s (Jeff Goldblum) LOL credentials, as Bateman’s character grapples to explain the complexity of the friend zone in The Switch. “We put each other in the friend zone, it was a mutual placement.” Sure it was, buddy.