Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher

(2011)

Former flames Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake star in this comedy about a foul-mouthed, gold-digging, high school teacher. Diaz plays the teacher, who sets her money grubbing sights on a substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake) who happens to be the heir to a watch company fortune.... More

From the director of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Orange County.Hide

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Feeling like a Judd Apatow or Todd Phillips directed effort with a foul-mouthed female in the lead instead of one of the boys, Bad Teacher is the polar opposite of soppy, sweet-as-sugar love stories that invariably fail to deliver the laughs. Cameron Diaz steps it up here, perhaps knowing that she’s getting older and each lead role could be her last.... More

As faint praise as it may seem, her performance as an abrasive gold digger is probably a career best. She doesn’t look out of place surrounded by veteran comedy performers and she’s able to get some laugh out loud moments out of the weaker material. Liz Punch as the sickeningly positive Miss Squirrel makes for a great counterpoint and duelling dynamic on the teaching staff. Jason Segel is effortlessly good in his supporting role and Justin Timberlake as a goofy goody-two-shoes rich boy is an entertaining piece of casting.

The script doesn’t always do the best job of tying all these performances into an interesting story, but it keeps a brisk pace and provides plenty of un-PC jokes to keep you entertained. Even the smutty and gross-out humour won’t have you rolling your eyes in embarrassment for a change.

A happy ending feels typically tacked on and unconvincing, but for the majority of the running time it’s pretty much all you could ask for out of a date movie.Hide


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BY morgana1972 superstar

Yep she said that! Damn this is BAD BAD BAD & I loved it!!! I wish I had a Teacher like her.


BY munchkin superstar

I think Cameron Diaz is a very funny and talented actress who looks like she has nailed this role I want to see it just to see how the chemistry is between her and her ex Timberlake. and I m sure theres a lot of guys that will see this with the girlfriends just to have a perv at her


BY Stuart-Bland superstar

In spite of a promising concept and a charmingly brazen performance from Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher is never as funny as it should be.


BY TTWhaiti lister

i did enjoy it and it was pretty funny but not much of a story


I was shocked at how bad this movie was.
Mr Timberlake seemed to have been recruited just for his name, and any talents he displayed in earlier films went out of the window on every scene he was in. Ms Diaz tried hard with her lines, but they weren't strong or funny enough to make any impact beyond the crude and unappetising. Perhaps the only saving grace was Mr Segal, whose droll and effortless delivery made his character likeable. If only the storyline hadn't been so signposted to the final... More scenes then it may have been more appealing.
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The Press Reviews

44% of critics recommend.
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  • Broader than Bad Santa and less consistently funny, it's still gleefully rude, crude and often a lot of fun. Full Review

  • A high-school satire that is reasonably funny, though far from sure how badass it really wants to be. Full Review

  • For all her desk-stashed booze and inappropriately tight skirts, the movie offers Diaz a pretty bland badness. Full Review

  • Diaz's game charms are semi-squandered on a script that's two-thirds filler. Not quite detention, but on thin ice. Full Review

  • Freaks And Geeks and Zero Effect seem a long time ago as director Jake Kasdan offers up a film simultaneously loose and strained, full of underlined punchlines. Proof that comedy really is in the. Timing. Full Review

  • You'd think a raunchy comedy involving Cameron Diaz as an apathetic, pot smoking, drinking and uncaring teacher would be a natural sequel to Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa. Full Review

  • What's singularly lacking here is any sense of how to use the underage characters, who, apart from one or two, are a barely distinguishable gaggle. Full Review

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