I Saw A Film Today… Bad Teacher

I like Cameron Diaz. Not really sure why though. I can’t think of a memorable role of hers off the top of my head. Ok, that’s not true. There is the film called The Holiday that I quite like. But other than that, nothing comes to mind really. Really it boils down to the fact that she always takes the sweet and innocent roles. Well that certainly wasn’t the case with Bad Teacher.

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Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) was on top of the world last semester. She was getting married to a rich man and finishing up her one term at John Adams Middle School. But this semester is different. Her fiancée left her because of her gold-digging ways and she grudgingly has returned to JAMS.

Elizabeth spends most periods showing films such as Stand and Deliver, trying to get the attention of a good-looking simpleton sub named Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) and scheming about ways to get money for her breast enhancement surgery. The only one suspicious of all this is an overly cheery but sinister teacher named Ms. Squirrell (Lucy Punch).

But once Elizabeth find out that a bonus is given to the teacher who has the highest state test scores, she begins teaching and scheming in her own special way. Will she succeed in her plans or will she be caught in the process?

To call Bad Teacher something new is giving too much credit to it, but I did like it. It definitely puts the bad in its title. It promised to have adult humor and it delivers it to you unashamedly. It also has a fantastic group of comedians as its supporting cast.

It was great seeing appearances from people like Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and Reno 911’s Thomas Lennon are sure to bring some big laughs. Jason Segel is also great and always brings his best effort. At times Justin Timberlake is funny. At other times he is just an absent-minded simpleton that makes you question why Liz is even interested.

The biggest problem with this film is not Cameron Diaz. On the contrary, I loved see Diaz step outside her comfort zone of the nice girl. She is wicked, self-centered, and oh so good at being bad. What was the big problem was that I was supposed to feel sympathy for her at certain points. In the end we are lead to believe that she has changed for the better but it is not for certain. Ultimately she is so bad that to feel sympathy for her antihero is impossible.

Bad Teacher is not something new but it doesn’t make it skippable. You will laugh a good bit if you go see it. Just make sure the kiddos are not around when you do.

Verdict: RENT IT!

Comments? Opinions? I want to hear them so leave them below.

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One Response to “I Saw A Film Today… Bad Teacher”

  1. It does have some chuckles but there are just way too many punch lines that fall flat on their faces and not enough of Jason Segel’s effortless hilarity to balance out everything else that’s trying too hard. ‘Bad Teacher’ had the potential for greatness but ended up being pretty forgettable. Good Review!

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