“Bad” in the title of your movie, is always a hit or miss .Sometimes it works, like Bad Boys or Bad Santa. Sometimes it doesn’t. In this case, it was a bad idea (Sorry I couldn’t help myself)
Even if Bad Teacher were filled with side-splitting jokes, amazing performances and focused direction (which it’s not), it would still be held back the main character being so unethical and immoral, that audiences would soon tire of her.
Foul-mouthed, narcissistic and gold digging Elizabeth Hasley (Cameron Diaz) is an unapologetic woman who’s returned to her teaching job at John Adams Middle School after being dumped by her wealthy fiancé, who realised she was only with him for his money. Saving up for a boob job because she hopes to attract the sugar daddy of her dreams. Halsey embezzles from the kids’ car wash fund, drugs a member of the exam board for the test results, and generally slums through school in a hungover stupor. She doesn’t give a crap about her students, and barely socialises with her collagues. Enter Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) a wealthy but wooden sub teacher…..
You can see where this is going! I was really disappointed with Diaz’s and Timberlake’s on screen match up as given their high profile relationship, I would have though Kasden would have made things more explosive.
Jason Segel, well he is just provides a little banter as Russell Gettis, who story wise is the only man who matches Hasley.
We are shown mercy by Lucy Punch, playing the psychotically sweet Amy Squirrel. It’s a truly unhinged performance, one that keeps finding new shades of insane to inject.
Director Jake Kasdan doesn’t have the discipline to reign it in when gags go over the top, are repetitive and seems content to simply over-sexualise Diaz with the camera.
There are many dumb moments that just aren’t funny, like her gold digging lazy character suddenly being a master of disguise, and other dry character scenes. It feels like a complete lack of effort across the board, and it seems like someone on set kept on shouting ”we need more scenes where the words ”d*ck” and ”tits” are in play”.
It’s a shame that the majority of the jokes in Bad Teacher come at the expense of innocents who happen to come in between Elizabeth and what she wants. Although Elizabeth isn’t punished for breaking almost every law there is, ethical and legal, she’s not rewarded, either
If you like your comedies “flat” and your entertainment served up mediocre, then this is the movie for you. After ”Hangover” and surprise blockbuster ”Bridesmaids”, screen comedies have come a long way and are much better than this! I wasn’t impressed and think Kasden needs to go back to the drawing board.
Director: Jake Kasdan
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel
Runtime: 92 mins
Enjoy the trailer
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