Excerpt: Thank you Bad Teacher for having no moral compass. For once, we have a comedy where yes, the bad girl wins, there’s no lesson to take away, and it plays foul even with kids in the room. In between it all, it’s flagrantly tossing out loads of genitalia references, diarrhea bombs, and an insurmountable need for pot. Awesome.
Excerpt: The Film Cameron Diaz hasn't been (intentionally) funny since There's Something About Mary . However, when she's bad, she's pretty good -- at least in the case of Bad Teacher . Bad Teacher is like a foul-mouthed female version of Bad Santa , for the off-season. Diaz stars as Elizabeth Halsey, a teacher that gives the profession a seriously bad name.
Conclusion: Bad Teacher easily surpassed my modest expectations and offered a reliably entertaining time. With a solid feature presentation and a good half-hour of extras, Sony's Blu-ray also can't be faulted in any major way. Not everyone will be able to enjoy a movie with such a foul protagonist and I didn't think I would, but there are just too many amusing characters and moments to write this off.
Excerpt: Amidst the many R-rated comedies of 2011, Bad Teacher managed to become a pretty decent sized hit. It crossed over the $100 mil mark and seemed to prove that Cameron Diaz can draw in a crowd. I still wish it was a better movie though. Instead of playing out as a clever satire about a teacher who does not care or as a spin on the teacher who comes into the lives of students and makes a difference in an unorthodox way, this movie is simply a feature-length sitcom.
Conclusion: Bad Teacher isn't must-see, life-changing filmmaking, but it's an easygoing, well-crafted, smartly-written, and nicely acted little cinematic diversion that surpasses its measly expectations and delivers an end product that's highly entertaining and well worth the effort. Is it destined to become a classic in the "School Comedy" sub-genre?
Conclusion: 'Bad Teacher' stars Cameron Diaz as a gold-digging, superficial educator who'd much rather find a wealthy hubby than mold young minds for a brighter future. Along with Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, and Jason Segel, the black comedy is an amusing watch but not quite as memorable as it really wants to be, and it could actually go much blacker.
Summary: Cameron Diaz is a morally bankrupt middle school teacher in this comedy about teaching, cheating and boobs. Even with Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel supporting, it never quite comes together.
Excerpt: Bad Teacher wants to be Bad Santa but it’s afraid to go as far as Billy Bob Thornton’s gleeful middle finger to holidays and proper treatment of children. So it ends up trapped in a nowhere middle-ground, somewhere between Bad Santa and the equally hilarious but family friendly Jack Black movie School of Rock . Both of those movies had somewhere to go and a way to get there, but Bad Teacher just goes and doesn’t really seem to know where it’s going.
Excerpt: The similarities between Bad Teacher and the beloved 2003 Yuletide black comedy Bad Santa begin with the titles, and they don’t end until Bad Teacher does. Both films take the form of curdled dark comedies about raging misanthropes who abuse their positions of authority—or at least their power over small children, since drunken mall Santas and Chicago’s public-school teachers both lack real power—to engage in criminal schemes.