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Bad Teacher – Review

Bad Teacher (15)

Reviewed By Rachel Geeson

Score: 2/5

As the film’s publicity poster states “Some teachers just don’t give an “F”. For example, Elizabeth Halsey, played by Cameron Diaz, is a challenging bad teacher in this raunchy new comedy. 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.

As she says goodbye to her not so close colleagues at school, thinking that she’s finally going to get away from them and spend her fiancés money, she comes home to find that he and his mother have decided to get rid of her altogether. Dumped by her fiancé, she has no choice but to return back to the school and take up her original position in order to pay for some new assets. On her first day she barely acknowledges the students in her class and uses just one range of learning aid in order to “teach” them.

When Elizabeth is on the verge of giving up, a new substitute teacher starts at the school and she sets a plan in motion to win over the rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, named Miss Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch). The squeaky-clean attitude of Amy becomes great competition for Elizabeth who just wants to earn enough money to pay for her dream. However Miss Squirrel has been known to be the teacher who scoops up the bonus for the best state test scores every year and will try everything in order to stop Elizabeth.

clip_image002When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, cheeky gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.

The character played by Segel has to be the highlight of the film, as he always seems to play the funny guys in films. Also the principle of the school played by John Michael Higgins has a strange but funny obsession for dolphins; however the joke is only a one hit wonder in the film, as it is just a random fact about the character that does not really fit into the film.

The movie has a fairly predictable storyline, and the work from the good comedy actors gives it the passing grade.

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  1. June 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I’m surprised to see a 2/5 rating, I had been recommended to see Bad Teacher by several.

    I’ll still get around to it, although now with a slightly different light – which is a good thing. If I have high expectations of a film, it can easily disappoint. It has to meet those high expectations to be “only as good as” expected, and truly outstanding to be enjoyable.

    I first noticed this issue with one of (what is now) my favourite films, The Birdcage, which came very highly recommended from my dad. On watching it, however, it was merely okay – it was as described, and lived up to the hype – but no more than that. On subsequent viewings, with a much lower expectation for it, I have enjoyed it far more, though.

    Trailers for Bad Teacher struck me as being a film that will either be a great laugh – or really awful, cheesy, over-done jokes repeated for a full 92 minutes.

    I’m looking forward to seeing it even more now, though. I know even less what to expect having now heard a more diverse mix of opinion.

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