Bad Teacher

2011-09-01 16:46
 
Bad Teacher
What it’s about:

Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a disinterested school teacher who is looking to find a man – and his wallet – to take care of her expensive tastes and habits. When her sugar daddy kicks her out, she finds herself back at school along with a new substitute teacher, Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake). Scott’s family is very wealthy and he becomes Elizabeth’s next target. There’s only one thing standing in her way – the sweet but psychotic social sciences teacher Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch).

What we thought:

Most characters experience some kind of catharsis towards the end of the movie. This bad teacher has no plans to be a good teacher, and it’s utterly refreshing to engage with a character that’s so comfortable in her self-interest and isn’t motivated to change. For all her manipulation, lies and drug use, her acceptance of herself is inspiring.

Cameron Diaz is great at playing the bitch. I’ve never really considered her to be a great actress, not even half-way decent, so that leaves me wondering what it is about this role that’s different.

Perhaps it’s because compared to her ex, Justin Timberlake, she’s Oscar material. He puts in a good effort to camp it up as the creepy nerd Scott, but he draws too heavily on The Lonely Island brand of humour, which just doesn’t translate as well in this film.

Or it’s the great script. It must be incredibly liberating for an actress to take on Elizabeth’s foul mouth and reckless charm with no consequences. Her scathing remarks and couldn’t-care-less attitude carry the film.

Most unlikely is that she’s improved as an actress. Either way, let’s give credit where credit is due.

While the pace lags at times, the gags, the cameos and those killer Louboutins hold the audience’s interest. Watching Elizabeth light a bong over a gas stove is priceless.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Jason Segel delivers sarcasm with such expert subtlety. His performance as gym teacher Russell Gettis is not far from his usual shtick, but it’s still great.

Lucy Punch is a treat as the crazy Amy and pushover Lynn, played by Phyllis Smith, is hilarious thanks to a few killer one-liners.

A few dodgy edits and the prerequisite predictable conclusions result in this totally flawed comedy that makes no apologies. It’s still worth a watch.





Cameron Diaz may not be a great actress, but she is completely convincing as a self-serving, unscrupulous teacher.
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Marco Gio Cocomello 2011/09/07 1:59 PM
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Cameron Diaz,hits the Big screen with her latest Comedy:Bad Teacher.The story Revolves around Elizabeth Halsey(Cameron Diaz) An Ex Elementary School teacher,who is dumped by her rich boyfriend, left to fend for herself and go back to teach after her staff farewell.She then makes a discovery "Guys love girls with Big tits" And she sets out to rack up the cash to afford her boob job,whilst using her students and the school to her advantage. The protagonist is a nasty teacher,no work,just play,But Cameron Diaz plays it well,the sexy,"Bad Ass" attitude makes you fall in love with the role,even though she is in fact the "real life" villain,the way its portrayed, is very cunning.You actually cant wait to see what she would do next to poor Mrs Squirrel(Lucy Punch). The movie has a few cameo roles from Justin Timberlake-Scott Delacorte,the rich new teacher who just loves dedicated teachers, to Jason Segel-Russell Gettis,the Gym teacher who is madly in love with Elizabeth.Overall the story plays through cleverly, giving you the idea from the beginning what the plot is.Although the story is portrayed from the so called "villains" point of view,the feel you get is completely opposite,and you root for her throughout. Bad Teacher, is not one of a kind,it doesn't shine through the rest,but its definitely a must see for a winter/Spring movie night.
jeanette 2011/09/13 10:42 AM
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It's okay but not really good.
Byron Verreyne 2011/09/28 1:37 PM
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Cameron Diaz is out of her depth a lot of the time but as a foul-mouthed, shallow school teacher she is in her element. "Bad Teacher" is worth watching and is simple entertainment nothing exceptional but not regrettable. Anything with Jason Segal in it needs to have some praise, that guy is brilliant.
Mack Rabapane 2011/10/06 4:55 PM
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The movie starts with this aura of expectation building among viewers and before you know it....BANG...the movie is finished. The script was perfectly written but I am sure the director could have done better in finding the best person to play the role by JTimberlake. Take nothing from Cameron Diaz, she is sexy and she made the role her own
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