Bad Teacher (2011)

October 27, 2011

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segal, Lucy Punch
Director: Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Orange County)

Quick Thoughts: Bad Teacher is a predictable, raunchy comedy that features a decent performance from Cameron Diaz and a miserable one from Justin Timberlake. JT is an underrated actor, but his character in this movie is tediously bizarre and makes you wonder why he decided to take the roll. The story is about a gold digger that works a day job as a teacher while she tries to secure a man that can take care of all her needs financially. She’s superficial, selfish, and completely uninterested in her profession. She smokes pot in the school parking lot, has no regard for her students, and plays movies in class. All day. Every day. The movie made me chuckle a few times, particularly when Diaz decides to screen the movie Scream for her class. After a series of films that center around teachers and school (like Stand & Deliver and Dangerous Minds), it’s pretty amusing that she thinks Scream fits the theme simply because Sidney and Co. are high school students and a principal gets murdered. Not to mention that film is rated a hard R. That said, the story is predictable and the character development is really shoddy. By the end of the film, you still don’t really believe this woman is a good person.

Viewings: 1
Replay Value: Nothing more than a one-time viewing for me.
Sequel Potential: Zero potential.
Nudity: Diaz’s character has her eyes set on breast implants, so we get some good looks at some doctored tig oles.
Grade: 4.5/10 (Netflix It/Worth A Watch)
RottenTomatoes Scores: Critics: 45% Audience: 39%
IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
Recommendation: A moderately funny film with a predictable plot. Not a big deal if you skip, but not a complete waste of time if you watch it.

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