Movie Details

Bad Teacher

Some teachers just don`t give an F. For example, there`s Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She`s foul-mouthed, ruthless and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high and she can`t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she`s dumped by her fiance, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) - competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her co-workers, and even herself an education like no other.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 25 Aug 2011
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 32 Minutes
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel
Director: Jake Kasdan
Format: NA


Writer: Naseem Randhawa

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Election", "Teachers" and "Smiley Face"

One would expect that with a cast comprising of Cameron Diaz ("There's Something About Mary"), Justin Timberlake ("Friends With Benefits") and Jason Segel ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), "Bad Teacher" may just take the cake for being the best comedy of the year, but sadly, like a poor student, the movie is clearly a fail of epic proportions.

We are introduced to the sexy Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) who works as a substitute teacher just for fun, not really caring about educating young minds and such as her rich fiancee is there to comply her every need. That is until her rich fiancee realizes that she's just a gold digger, promptly cutting her loose to end the relationship. With her extravagant lifestyle in tatters, Diaz heads back to the school she despises to make ends meet and enough money to get a boob job in order to impress fellow colleague; Scott (Justin Timberlake), who is a naïve yet dedicated teacher who just so happens to be rich. With her eye on the prize, Diaz takes on a role so mean and raunchy that she misses out on reality, and also Russell (Jason Segel), who has a soft spot for her despite her wayward personality.

The movie as a whole borders on being uncomfortable quite often, and this is not because of the crude humour employed, its because the actors looked so unnatural playing their roles, especially Justin Timberlake, who looked oddly enough like he's going to break into a "My Love" song and dance sequence at any moment. We're not being biased towards singers turned actors, it's just that Timberlake did much better in "The Social Network" than he did here. In "Bad Teacher", Timberlake is too demure and unripe in his acting chops.

As Cameron Diaz succeeds on a certain level in playing the (insert word that rhymes with 'witch' here), her sweet charm for which most love her for is lost here, making it quite hard to make her character even remotely likeable or someone we could relate to by even a fraction. Even her role in the sex comedy "The Sweetest Thing" wasn't this bad. Jason Segel's character is just disappointing and wouldn't have made a difference if his role weren't even scripted in the movie. Eventhough the "How I Met Your Mother" star is on TV's highest rated sitcom, that means absolutely zilch here as he underplays his role so much. The only funny thing about him that audiences will remember after the movie is Segel's permanent smiley face all throughout.

A raunchy comedy that fails when placed among the likes of "American Pie" and the "National Lampoon" series, one thing's for sure, "Bad Teacher" is definitely no "Dead Poets Society".

Cinema Online, 06 September 2011
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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