Bad Teacher: Movie Review
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Lucy
Director: Jake Kasdan
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.
But I'm sorry to say this film is probably about as far away from that as you
Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a just retired teacher at a school, who's dumped
by her fiancee after she's accused of gold digging by her would be mom-in-law.
So facing a lack of cash and determined to get $10,000 for a boob job so she can
net a sugar daddy, Halsey heads back to middle school and tries to cruise by and
simply earn the cash she needs for surgery.
When Justin Timberlake's Scott Delacorte starts up as a supply teacher
alongside Elizabeth, she senses he's got a bit of cash to splash and an
inheritance to dig her claws into.
But what she's not reckoned with is Lucy Punch's uptight co-worker and all
round do gooder teacher Amy Squirrel whose natural perkiness (both physically
and on the job) just seems to get up Halsey's nose....
Throw into the mix Jason Segel's gym teacher, Russell who's got a crush on
Halsey and it's a case of problems ahoy in the classroom.
Vulgar and crude can work - and in some parts of this film, it is laugh out
loud funny as the foulest things come out of sweet looking Cameron Diaz's
mouth - but there's little else on show in this "comedy" which exploits Diaz's
sleazy looks and body for "laughs". (There's even a scene with Diaz wearing very
short shorts and hosing herself down at a charity car wash while a rock song
plays loudly in the background.)
Don't get me wrong, this has its moments and Segal, Diaz and Timberlake get
by on the screen but the laughs in this flat comedy are few and far between -
sure, there are some great one liners which cause mirth but it's not enough to
get you through the film without it feeling like it's sagging. Diaz works as
hard as she can but she can't save it - and really, who's rooting for a dumped,
disdainful and selfish character whose prime motivation is simply a boob
By now, you've probably come to the conclusion that I'm a prude with no sense
of humour;I'd like to strongly assure you that is not so but I did end up
feeling like Bad Teacher was a really missed opportunity; sure for the teen
audience, and mainly young lads, this is probably high on their watching