Writer: Naseem RandhawaWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
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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