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Bad Teacher (2011)

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  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 24 June 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min | 97 min (unrated version)
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  • IMDb page: Bad Teacher (2011)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 63,415 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 24 June 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min | 97 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $216,197,492(Worldwide)(13 October 2011)
  • Director: Jake Kasdan
  • Stars: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake
  • Original Music By: Michael Andrews   
  • Soundtrack: Real Wild Child
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Teacher | School | Dodgeball | Singing In A Car | Little Black Dress

Writing Credits By:

  • Gene Stupnitsky (written by) &
  • Lee Eisenberg (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Bradley Cooper was considered for a role.
  • Throughout the movie, Cameron Diaz wears mostly Christian Louboutin shoes. This is due to a contract between the movie producers and Louboutin himself for marketing his company’s red-soled shoes.
  • Early in the film, Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) is looking at a magazine spread of celebrity “red carpet” arrivals to decide what breasts she wants after her implants surgery. The photos are of ‘Heather Graham’ (2010 Golden Globes); Katy Perry (2010 Vanity Fair); and ‘Rose McGowan’ (2010 pre-Oscar dinner). In real life, Cameron Diaz also appeared on the red carpet at all three events.

Goofs: Factual errors: Ms. Squirrel could not transfer out of a district, only within. To go outside their district, the teacher needs to apply as a new employee.

Plot: A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher. Full summary »  »

Story: When her wealthy fiancé breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a poor Chicago area teacher who curses at her students, drinks heavily, and takes copious amounts of drugs. She plans to marry her wealthy fiance, but when he dumps her, she tries to win over substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), who is also wealthy. Their colleague Amy Squirrell (Lucy Punch) is also pursuing Scott, while the school’s gym teacher Russell Gettis (Jason Segel) is making advances on Elizabeth.

Halsey planned on getting breasts implants in order to impress Delacorte but cannot afford the operation. To make matters worse for Halsey, Delacorte begins to have feelings of affection for Squirrell and only views Halsey as a friend. She attempts to raise money for the surgery by participating in her 7th grade class car wash and by manipulating parents to give her money for more school supplies, her efforts however were to no avail.

She later learns of a bonus for the teacher who has the class with the highest state scores. Halsey decides to change her style of teaching, going from a teacher who only showed movies to one who makes her students study vigorously for the approaching exam. The change in her teaching style and her efforts to prepare her students was not enough, seeing how they were scoring low on the quizzes she gave them. All the while she begins a friendship with Gettis, the gym teacher, and Squirrell and Delacorte begin dating.

Halsey then decides to steal the state exam that her students were going to be taking by passing for a journalist who wanted to do a report on the racial bias of the exam. When the man in charge of the exams, who she is interviewing, explains he can not give her the exam due to protocol, she resorts to seducing and drugging him in his office and stealing it from his office herself. She also takes nude pictures of him as insurance in case she gets caught. A month later Halsey wins the bonus and pays for the appointment to get her breasts enlarged.

When she hears about a field trip her class is having, and Delacorte and Squirrell will chaperone, she puts poison ivy on an apple and leaves it on Squirrells’ desk for her to eat causing her to not be able to go on the field trip and Halsey replacing her. In the field trip she seduces Delacorte and they have sex with their clothes on, which Squirrell finds out through Halsey leaving a ‘revealing’ voice message on her cell phone. She also gives advice to one of her students on letting go of a crush he has on another fellow student who doesn’t like him because she is too superficial, and causing her to reflect for a moment on how she has been superficial as well with her love interests.

After hearing the message, Squirrell switches the desk in her classroom with Halseys’ desk in order to get a someone to unlock her desk for her to find evidence that Halsey won the bonus unfairly. Squirrell informs the school principal of what she found and a meeting is set up for Halsey discuss the matter with the principal and the superintendent. She gets away with her mischief through blackmail and informs them that some teachers in the school are doing drugs. When the police search the school they find drugs on Halsey’s desk which is in Squirrell’s classroom and she is thus thought to be the teacher in the school doing drugs. Squirrell is then moved to another school by the superintendent.

With Squirrell gone, Delacorte tries to get sparks going with Halsey. She, however, turns him down due to her realizing that she has a better thing going with Gettis seeing how he is more down to earth and how superficial she has been.

The next school year it is shown how Halsey didn’t get the breast enlargement because she feels she doesn’t need them and she looks fine the way she is, she also seems to be kinder to her co worker, and she started a relationship with Gettis. As well, instead of returning to her English classroom, it is shown that Halsey is now the school’s new Guidance Councillor.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Carey Dietrich known as associate producer
  • Lee Eisenberg known as executive producer
  • Georgia Kacandes known as executive producer
  • Melvin Mar known as associate producer
  • Jimmy Miller known as producer
  • Gene Stupnitsky known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Cameron Diaz known as Elizabeth Halsey
  • Lucy Punch known as Amy Squirrel
  • Jason Segel known as Russell Gettis
  • Justin Timberlake known as Scott Delacorte
  • Phyllis Smith known as Lynn Davies
  • John Michael Higgins known as Principal Wally Snur
  • Dave Allen known as Sandy Pinkus (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
  • Jillian Armenante known as Ms. Pavicic
  • Matthew J. Evans known as Garrett Tiara
  • Kaitlyn Dever known as Sasha Abernathy
  • Kathryn Newton known as Chase Rubin-Rossi
  • Igal Ben Yair known as Arkady
  • Aja Bair known as Devon
  • Andra Nechita known as Gaby
  • Noah Munck known as Tristan
  • Finneas O'Connell known as Spencer / Twilight
  • Daniel Castro known as Rodrigo (Acne Kid)
  • Adrian Kali Turner known as Shawn
  • Eric Stonestreet known as Kirk
  • Thomas Lennon known as Carl Halabi
  • Paul Bates known as School Superintendent
  • Jeff Judah known as Janitor
  • Nat Faxon known as Mark
  • Stephanie Faracy known as Mrs. Pubich
  • David Paymer known as Doctor Vogel
  • Alanna Ubach known as Angela
  • Christine Smith known as Danni
  • Paul Feig known as Dad at Carwash
  • Deirdre Lovejoy known as Sasha's Mother
  • Melvin Mar known as Male Teacher (Bathroom)
  • Rose Abdoo known as School Secretary
  • Jerry Lambert known as Morgan's Dad
  • Jennifer Irwin known as Chase's Mom
  • Christopher Rockwell known as Chase's Dad
  • David Doty known as Armando the Homeless Guy
  • Molly Shannon known as Melody (Garrett's Mom)
  • Rick Overton known as Philip
  • Danny Trap known as Cowboy at Palace
  • Matt Besser known as Abraham Lincoln (Tour Guide)
  • Lee Eisenberg known as Blacksmith (Re-Enactor)
  • Bruno Gioiello known as Police Officer
  • Jordan Van Vranken known as Crying Girl
  • Lindsay McGrail known as Teacher (party)
  • Richard Bernard known as Dancer in Cowboy Palace (uncredited)
  • Kadee Noel Brown known as Student in Elizabeth's Class (uncredited)
  • B.J. Bugert known as Student (uncredited)
  • Daniel Cohen known as Kid in Elizabeth's Classroom (uncredited)
  • Austin Michael Coleman known as 8th Grade Student (uncredited)
  • Noah Dahl known as Dim Looking Boy (uncredited)
  • Youlanda Davis known as Drama Teacher (uncredited)
  • Lisa Denke known as Teacher (uncredited)
  • Christina Gabrielle known as 8th Grade Student (uncredited)
  • Andy Scott Harris known as Flamboyant Boy (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Holloway known as Sheila (uncredited)
  • Dot Jones known as Pill-Providing Lady (uncredited)
  • Laurie Landry known as Ms. Landry (uncredited)
  • Jillana Laufer known as Teacher (uncredited)
  • Christopher Mason known as Student (uncredited)
  • Daniel Messier known as P.E. Teacher (uncredited)
  • Keith Middlebrook known as Mr. Vanderbilt (uncredited)
  • Scott Moran known as Johnny Walker Red (uncredited)
  • Bridget Shergalis known as Cara (uncredited)
  • Victoria Strauss known as Student (uncredited)
  • Joanna Theobalds known as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Preston Thompson known as 8th Grader (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Laurene Alvarado known as makeup artist
  • Pierce Austin known as key hair stylist
  • Robin Fredriksz known as makeup artist
  • Maggie Fung known as key makeup artist
  • Nina Paskowitz known as hair department head
  • Peter Robb-King known as makeup department head
  • Thomas Terhaar known as hairdresser
  • Lona Vigi known as hair stylist: Cameron Diaz
  • Soo-Jin Yoon known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Laine Abramson known as set buyer: additional photography
  • Vicki Dittemore known as set dresser
  • Carmine Goglia known as stand-by painter
  • Ari Jacobs known as art department coordinator
  • Ty Jones Jr. known as set dresser
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer
  • Bruce L. Luizzi known as leadman
  • Linda Luizzi known as set buyer
  • Michael Mikita Jr. known as paint supervisor
  • Josue Rodriguez known as assistant property master
  • Joshua Sankar known as art pa
  • Chris Santini known as construction coordinator
  • Andrew M. Siegel known as property master
  • Chad Simpson known as paint foreman
  • James E. Tocci known as set designer

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Mosaic Media Group (as Mosaic)

Other Companies:

  • Fletcher Chicago  additional camera equipment
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Film Source  purchased unused film stock
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Hollywood Rentals Productions Services  grip and lighting equipment
  • Prologue Films  main titles: design and production
  • Reel Security  production security

Distributors:

  • Acme Film (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2011) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Feelgood Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Argentina) (DVD) (special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2001) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Hammerhead Productions

Visual Effects by:

  • Mandy Arnold known as digital restoration artist
  • Michelle Eisenreich known as visual effects producer: Hammerhead
  • Justin Jones known as compositor
  • Shira Mandel known as digital compositor
  • Richard Matsushita known as visual effects artist
  • Jesse Morrow known as visual effects artist

Release Date:

  • Ireland 17 June 2011
  • UK 17 June 2011
  • USA 20 June 2011 (New York City, New York) (premiere)
  • Belgium 22 June 2011
  • Denmark 23 June 2011
  • Germany 23 June 2011
  • Netherlands 23 June 2011
  • Portugal 23 June 2011
  • Bulgaria 24 June 2011
  • Canada 24 June 2011
  • Iceland 24 June 2011
  • Norway 24 June 2011
  • USA 24 June 2011
  • Sweden 25 June 2011
  • Finland 26 June 2011
  • Argentina 7 July 2011
  • Russia 7 July 2011
  • Spain 8 July 2011
  • Australia 21 July 2011
  • Mexico 22 July 2011
  • France 27 July 2011
  • Czech Republic 28 July 2011
  • Estonia 12 August 2011
  • Poland 12 August 2011
  • Greece 18 August 2011
  • Hungary 18 August 2011
  • Brazil 19 August 2011
  • Israel 25 August 2011
  • Singapore 25 August 2011
  • Lithuania 26 August 2011
  • Italy 31 August 2011
  • Philippines 31 August 2011
  • Hong Kong 1 September 2011
  • Chile 8 September 2011
  • Turkey 9 September 2011
  • Colombia 23 September 2011
  • Panama 30 September 2011
  • Malaysia 20 October 2011
  • Japan 24 February 2012 (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Japan 19 May 2012

MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. Steve from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    How many millions of dollars went into this which could have been usedbetter in some other venture? Sour premise of a dope-smoking,opportunistic junior high school teacher who skates through her job,looking for a way to fund her breast augmentation job so she can land arich boyfriend. Ends up committing several felonies & getting a stuffybut honest co-worker blamed for everything (including drug use onschool grounds) while she wins the day. The redemption is her hookingup with an angry gym teacher when he proves the affluent guy she'ssharking for is a shallow imbecile.

    Now, I'm not the sort of person who demands a moral message in everypiece of cinema, but really? Who is the target audience here? To whomare the filmmakers attempting to appeal? This is just vile.

  2. mmccord9126 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    I know others will disagree with me, but this has got to be in therunning for the pick for the Razzies this year. What a pathetic pieceof crap. The storyline was boring and the jokes either over-the-top,or, worst, not even close to funny. It never fails to amaze me whenreally bad ideas not only get to be screenplays, but they actually windup getting produced. And…Timberlake's character…what was hethinking when he took this role??? Yeah, Diaz is still a hot body andall, but even that couldn't save something so downright dumb. I won'tbother with any spoilers; it's not worth the effort. Save your money.This one will simply insult your intelligence. I would give it a minusone if I could.

  3. diac228 (diac1987@netscape.net) from Orlando, Florida
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    Bad Teacher is a great concept that resulted in a style of humor likemost of the Adult Swim cartoons you see today: When the jokes hit theyhit well, but when they miss, they miss quite badly. The cast wasdelightful, but could only go so far with the material. As a matter offact, it was the cast that saved the movie from being a total disasterby providing their comedic chops, their charm, and their good comictiming that you don't see enough of nowadays. Despite all that however,Bad teacher is a shiny apple with a few rotten parts.

    Elizabeth Hasley (Cameron Diaz) is a foul-mouthed, bitter, and quitenasty teacher that is keeping the job only to pay the bills after herrich fiancée dumps her. Facing debt, aging, and loneliness, Elizabethstarts setting her sights on a boob job and on a new (rich) teacher(Justin Timberlake), whom has also captured the attention of amanipulative rival (Lucy Punch). The script was helmed by two veteranwriters of The Office (Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg) as they usetheir non-television ratings boundaries to mix plenty of vulgar andraunchy humor with even some tidbits of cruel humor. Unfortunately,their lack of boundaries led to a mediocre script.

    This film's biggest falters come in the form of the script. Despite thepromise in the premise and the cast involved, the script wasconvoluted, and didn't have much structure until the second half. As amatter of fact, the film switches up the pace very unexpectedly whenthe next act approaches. Pretty much almost all the crude and vulgarhumor failed to draw laughs, with one notable exception involving oneof the odder "sex" scenes in recent memory. The movie was a great ideanot exactly explored upon, and was full of smaller ideas that were notutilized. Many good smaller characters did not get enough time in thescript; most notably the students, the gym teacher (Jason Segal) andthe main character's roommate (Erik Stonestreet).

    Despite the writing being a fickle mess, the cast was superb, from thesmall roles to the big ones. Cameron Diaz I can honestly say is one ofthe most underrated talents in Hollywood, because she rarely everdelivers a mediocre or weak performance. She has this aura, this energythat can save the worst of films (See: What Happens in Vegas) and it isno different here. Despite hersmoking/drinking/vulgar/manipulative/cynical/cruel/superficial ways, westill secretly root for her to succeed in reaching her goal. Very fewactresses can pull off this type of charm.

    Lucy Punch, despite having a bit of questionable material, delivers asDiaz's rival. Jason Segal could have helped the movie a lot more if hewas in it more often, as he delivered the laughs every time he wason-screen with his wit, sarcasm, and I-don't-care attitude. Televisionstaples Phyllis Smith and Erik Stonestreet were hilarious in thefar-too-few moments they were on-screen. The movie does indeed have itslaughs, but the potential was so much greater considering all thetalented actors involved.

    Jake Kasdan as a director doesn't have much of a resume, but he doeshave the comedic chops and timing, and he proved this with theunderrated Walk Hard. With Bad Teacher, he did not have as much goodmaterial to work with but could have still helped the movie if he hadtightened the first third of the movie better. There was a lot moreunnecessary fluff in the first half of the movie compared to the secondhalf. Smaller plot lines were never resolved, certain jokes literallyfell off without a punchline, and certain situations were brought upbut never explored. Many concepts were also never explored: especiallythat of how shallow and shady we all become towards each other in theworkforce.

    Bottom Line: Bad Teacher was a great idea, poorly executed, butrelentlessly saved by the energetic cast. This movie could have mixedthe dark charm of Bad Santa with the subtle workforce ridiculousnesshumor of Office Space to become something very, very special. Butneither style of humor was dwelled upon deep enough. The first half hadits laughs, but was far too convoluted and was salvaged mainly becauseof the hilarity of Cameron Diaz. The movie definitely picks up later,but by then its too late, the potential was wasted. Either way, youwill certainly laugh, you will remain entertained, but will also bebothered by what it could have been.

  4. evening1 from New York City
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    What was the point of this movie? Cameron Diaz has been in some greatstuff. Why would she humiliate herself with this pathetic script?Perhaps she liked the idea of showing off her body for an hour and ahalf. Because she is exceptionally hammy here in that respect.

    Every single character in this movie is unlikeable, with perhaps theexception of the school superintendent, who occupies about threeminutes of screen time. Diaz plays an obnoxious character who uses andabuses others, children foremost among them. Jason Timberlake startsout being a refreshing contrast to Diaz, but after awhile he's asunpleasant as all the rest.

    The plot is exceptionally poorly constructed. We're supposed to careabout how a psychopath drums up the $9,000 necessary for breastimplants? Admittedly, I'm older than the target audience of this film.I admit I felt a bit of justice when the acne-faced teacher (unfunnilynamed Squirrel) caught Diaz at her game. But the plot disappoints againwhen Diaz out-cons everyone anew. The unlikely ending seems as if itwere slapped on because the writer couldn't think of any other way torelease the audience from its misery.

    This movie is pure detritus and I'm really sorry my family wasted$38.50 (including food) to see it.

  5. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    The gold digger Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) quits her job as ateacher at the JAM High School expecting to marry her wealthy fiancé.However, he calls off their engagement and Elizabeth returns to theschool.

    Elizabeth is reckless, incompetent, pothead and does not give anyattention to the students and her coworkers, and she shows movies toher students along the classes. The envious teacher Amy Squirrel (LucyPunch) hates Elizabeth and they are estranged to each other.

    When Elizabeth meets the substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (JustinTimberlake), she discovers that he is very rich and she flirts withhim. Further, she learns that Scott likes big breasts and she decidesto have a surgery of silicone-implant. She needs to raise US$ 10,000.00for the breast-implant, and she learns that the teacher that gets thebest scores in the state exam would receive US$ 5,700.00 bonus.Elizabeth changes her attitude and teaches her students to prepare themfor the exams. However, Elizabeth uses an unethical means to win thecompetition and Amy seeks evidences to prove that Elizabeth has cheatedthe exams.

    "Bad Teacher" is a politically incorrect, brainless but very hilariousfilm. Cameron Diaz performs the most awful teacher of cinema history,the opposite of Sidney Poitier in "To Sir with Love"; Edward JamesOlmos in "Stand and Deliver" or Michelle Pfeiffer in "Dangerous Minds".Elizabeth Halsey is a slut, pothead, reckless, gold digger, corrupter,cheater, blackmailer and everything that is not good. But I Laughed alot with this forgettable film. My vote is seven.

    Title (Brazil): "Professora sem Classe" ("Teacher without Class")

  6. RetroRick from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    Am reviewing this to counter-balance the far too many negative reviewsout there. This is a funny, not hilarious, but funny and sometimescruel film about a bad teacher, who is funny because she is bad. Justlike bad santa she isn't being held up an examplar for teaching or arole-model for young women (actually I'm not too sure about that). Whatshe is is an anti-dote to the righteous, touchy-feely, moralisinglesson preaching,heart-in-the-right-place films that normally dominatethis genre, or at least do whenever there is a female in the lead. Godknows the world would suffer if every film was like this, but a littlebit of gentle cynicism is good thing in a world that is full offraudulent fictional xmas cheer. Spoiler: As for the sensitive littleboy not getting the girl, isn't about time that movies stopped lying toteenage boys that being nice & sensitive will get you laid.

  7. galahadfairlight from Bath
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    I was looking forward to this one, from the trailer it looked like alot of fun, almost a Bad Santa but in the classroom.

    That comparison is unfair to Bad Santa.

    With a couple of exceptions, this movie is another case of everythingthats funny was shown in the trailer.

    Considering me and the missus watched Hangover Part II a couple ofweeks ago, we were laughing every minute with that one, but in BadTeacher, just massive expanses of silence.

    The character of Miss Squirrel got wearing quite quickly, and generallythe movie only lit up when Jason Segel came on screen, at least hissmall part was consistently funny.

    Diaz would have been much better served by a wittier script, insteadthe director was happy just to have her swear a lot instead, whichagain, wears out its welcome.

    All in all, this is a movie I really wanted to like, but found myselfsimply tolerating.

    I regret paying a small fortune to see it at the theatre, and Icertainly wouldn't recommend buying it on DVD or Bluray, whats thepoint of buying something you'll only scrape through once?

  8. darklydreamingrahu from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    Bad Teacher is funny in ways it shouldn't be. Cameron Diaz owns therole of Elizabeth as the foul-mouthed, pot smoking, trashy blondeteacher with a twisted outlook on life. Obscenities and bizarre sexualinnuendo roll off her tongue perfectly. Justin Timberlake is hilariousand awkward as Scott. His character is complex and….well he's justawkward….there's no other way to describe it. Lucy Punch is theperfect counterpart to both Diaz and Timberlake's characters as AmySquirrel. Her over-the-top performance is one you will remember. JasonSegel steals every scene he's in as Russell the equally foul mouthedand dirty gym teacher. Phyllis Smith is an adorable and strangeaddition to the movie as the confused Lynn Davis, bringing her ownbrand of corkiness to the plot. All in all, the casting of Bad Teacheris flawless and is really where the movie shines. The punchlines aredelivered with punch and the characters are decently developed andcomplex in their own ways.

    There are some setbacks to Bad Teacher which stop it from being a greatcomedy. The plot devices used to move the story along are unconvincingand overplayed. Character transformations are equally unconvincing,uninspired, and rushed. Some scenes feel forced for the sake of cheaplaughs or shock value. None of it though is shocking enough for this tobe an effective method of comedy. Sometimes the characters feel a bittoo weird even for the universe of strange the movie sets early on.Jason Segel's Russell is the most interesting character in the movieand yet for some reason is greatly underused. He pops up in pointlessscenes simply to interject a laugh and then disappears for longstretches of time.

    Bad Teacher is a funny movie. The critics have not been so generouswith their reviews, but who listens to them anymore anyways? If you areinto dark comedies or a raunchy brand of humor, you will find yourselflaughing with this one. While the plot devices are forced and some ofthe humor could have been better with a more subtle approach, overallthis is a decent flick to chill out on the couch and laugh with. 7/10

  9. jennessis-1 from Germany
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    If I could have given zero stars I would have. This movie is absolutelynot worth watching. The only remotely good thing is Jason Segel but hisrole was so marginal, he couldn't help anything.

    The story is completely predictable with no lessons to be learned fromit. There is no witty dialogue and not a single scene which would makeyou laugh like you should when watching a comedy. Timberlake's role issupposed to be dorky or something but if you've seen him on SNL, thisone does not live up to your expectations. The dry hump scene is noteven embarrassing funny but utterly lame.

    The only twist in the story is so expected and poorly executed, it'sjust another super lame scene.

    If seeing Cameron Diaz washing cars in Daisy Dukes for about fiveminutes is your thing watch it. Otherwise, stay away from it. Thismovie seriously sucked.

  10. evan_harvey from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 4:35 pm

    Saw Bad Teacher. WIsh I hadn't. I would have rather eaten a plate ofraw onions or had to sit through Ishtar again. So why was it so crap?The actors: Well, firstly, Cameron Diaz is getting old, and I meanwrinkly, tired-looking old. Secondly, she just doesn't have the skillor charisma to pull off a film like this. That's what was most obvious.Justin Timberlake was half-decent, but that's not saying much. JasonSegel. I have no idea what he was doing in this film. The othersupporting actors equally sucked.

    The script: Terrible. I stopped counting the number of times I heard"What?" and "Huh?" from the (sparse) audience in response to the weird,unfunny and poorly delivered lines. The red haired girl (Amy, I think)was trying her hardest to be the quirky antagonist, but she just had nocomic grace. Neither did Cameron Diaz either. The scriptwriters somehowthought lots of swearing and shouting were a good idea, but alas, theywere wrong.

    The real problem here was that the concept of the "bad teacher" justreally doesn't cut it in a high school setting. It wasn't funny. Iassume that the writers were aiming for a sort of cross between shock(swearing) and possibly black humour? I really can't define it otherthan to say it was pissweak. Weird lines, no comic timing, a half-assedromance. It all adds up to not much and a waste of money.

    To be fair, there were a few funny points, but it was just so poorlydirected. The humour missed so many golden opportunities.

    3 out of 10. Don't waste your time.

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