Excerpt: Cameron Diaz stars as Elizabeth Halsey, a drug-addled gold-digger whose most recent attempt to marry her way into the high life has failed miserably and has lead to her teaching at an Illinois middle school. When another new teacher, Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), shows up and proves to come from a wealthy family, Elizabeth decides that a winning him over might be her way out.
Excerpt: Cameron Diaz must have had a lot of fun slipping into the role of a foulmouthed, relentless high school teacher for Jake Kasdan's Bad Teacher , but truth be told, her efforts haven't completely paid off. Financially, the $20 million comedy certainly scored high after pulling in a solid $100 million at the domestic box office, but in terms of quality, the movie never really quite lives up to its appealing premise.
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.