Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher

In Theatres: 
Jun 24, 2011

There are some teachers who like to be the students’ best friend and help them with whatever problems they might have. Then there are some teachers who use fear to teach their students, making sure they do the work or face the consequences. Finally, there are some teachers who just don’t give a crap what their students do. Elizabeth Halsey is one of those teachers.

Money, sex, drugs, alcohol; you name it, Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) loves it, so much so she doesn’t care what others think about her. The only reason she’s a school teacher is because she got dumped by her rich fiancé and she needs some source of income, as horrible as that may be for her.

Things are about to chance though, when substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) enters the picture. Not only is he good looking but he also has loads of money; exactly what Elizabeth is looking for. Can she woo him with her sexy charm or will the school system catch on to her horrible teaching ethics first?

To all those students who hated going to class or listening to their boring teacher’s lectures, Bad Teacher is the film for you. Cameron Diaz has just the right amount of sex appeal and don’t-give-a-crap attitude that makes her perfect for the role. She isn’t afraid to use what she has to get what she wants. One thing that makes the film so funny is the fact that it isn’t afraid to push boundaries in humor cross the line every once in a while. Much like Zach Galifianakis had some ridiculous one-liners in The Hangover, Cameron Diaz does too.

Surprisingly, I wasn’t too impressed with Justin Timberlake’s performance. His character just went overboard with the fake personality. Everything he said came out sounding horrible and not funny at all. It’s sad because we all know he can act (The Social Network) and be funny (SNL). He is capable of neither of those in this.

Making a more notable appearance is Jason Segel, the gentleman of the film who manages to see past Elizabeth’s flaws and knows deep down she’s a good person. As Russell, the school’s gym teacher, he’s always trying to ask her out and time after time gets denied. If there’s one thing his character proves, it’s that guys with confidence get so much farther in the dating world than guys without it. Remember that. There’s also one scene in particular in which Russell is arguing with a student about LeBron James. It’s absolutely priceless, even more so since the Miami Heat lost the NBA Finals.

In the end, Bad Teacher provides plenty of laugh out loud moments and although it’s plot is highly predictable, it won’t interfere with you having a good time. 

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Matt Rodriguez
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