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When bad teacher Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) decides that she wants to get a boob, so she can look like Scott''s ex girlfriend Justin Timberlake), all this devious character has to figure out, is how she is going to pay for it. After seriously considering hijacking, and stealing the children''s new fund raising money, she alternatively comes up with another way to get hold of the cash. There is a cash reward every year for the teacher with the best pupils in the district, so all she has to do, is actually start teaching her pupil''s, and she could get the money. So she start''s to try and teach better, her methods may be way out there, unethical and probably even illigal, but it all makes for some funny scenes.
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake really do seem to gel well on screne, and I thought they both do pretty well in this movie. Cameron gives us a likable yet bad teacher, manipulative yet endearing, and I thought she made this movie pretty easy to watch. Now this movie is certainly not a laugh minute, and not one of the best comedy''s I have seen, yet you can still get a laugh out of it, which makes it well worth a watch. Jason Segel playing the role of the gym teacher who takes a liking to Elizabeth, does really well as well, supporting the movie really well. The comedy through out is subtle, yet it is there, and I loved the use of the music, Gansta''s Paradise, from the Dangerous minds movie soundtrack.
My overall opinion of this movie is that it is not superb, or the kind of movie I would watch many times over, but is still one worth giving a go. If your into silly American comedies such as your American Pie''s, then this could be a movie right down your street.
Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) is the worst teacher ever and frankly she couldn't care less. Her foul-mouthed
manner in class is comic genius. She is purely biding her time until she can marry, not for love but cold hard cash. After being dumped by her fiance, she turns her attention to the new guy in town. The gorgeous and more importantly rich teacher (Justin Timberlake). However, she isn't the only girl who has set her sights on him. Enter the mind numbingly boring, anal and IRRITATING (so irritating it deserves capitals) Amy and the battle commences.
Although this is a predictable storyline and touches on slapstick comedy this isn't half bad. It manages to get away with some particularly bad taste humour and the weird and wonderful characters make this movie funny as opposed to awkward and unwatchable.
Although Diaz plays a selfish waster of a teacher, you can't help but root for her. A characteristic that only someone of Diaz's talent could pull off.
Jason Segel as the substitute gym teacher trying to win over Elizabeth is hilarious. His comic timing is perfection. Although Timberlake is the eye candy, Segel definitely steals the show.
If all teachers were as good looking as Diaz and Timberlake, there would be no truancy in schools.
Worth a watch.
I liked the look of this film when I saw the trailer a couple of years back, but my sister told me she watched the film and it was awful and it put me off somewhat. I only got round to watching it more recently because it has been on TV now, and the TV was tuned to the channel it was on, and we just sort of got watching it.
The 2011 film sees Cameron Diaz take on the role of teacher Elizabeth Halsey. Diaz easily convinces you she is a bad teacher with her pot smoking, her unhealthy obsessions with new teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) and her poor lesson planning. Somehow she manages to schmooze her way round the parents who are complaining about the kids sitting in front of videos all day, and she convinces the head teacher that she is good at her job. However, someone she can't fool is fellow teacher Amy.
Elizabeth gets the idea in her head that she wants a boob job to look like Scott's ex-fiancée. Her first idea of hijacking the fund raiser the kids are doing for a school trip get her part of the way, but she needs a new idea. It then hits her, that she could win the award for her pupil's achievements if she actually starts teaching them and they get the best grades in the district. While her methods are still far from professional or even ethical, there is quite a lot humour in them.
I found I quite liked Diaz's performance - she does well at being likeable but manipulative at the same time. I am less keen on Timberlake in his role, as he just really lacks any charisma for me and I didn't feel his acting was that believable. The support cast were all far better than he was, especially Jason Segel as Russell, the gym teacher who takes a shine to Diaz.
My sister did have a point that most of the humour had been shown already in the trailer, but I did find there was still enough to keep me engaged throughout the whole film.
I was amused by the use of Gangsta's Paradise in the soundtrack as that was an immediate reminder for me of the much older film Dangerous Minds where Michelle Pfeiffer took on the role of a really good teacher, and the parody of it was not lost on me. It is subtle humour like this that would have escaped my sister entirely as she is much younger than me and wouldn't know this original film and get the reference.
It is not the sort of film I would want to rewatch over and over again, but it was certainly not as awful as I had thought it was going to be and passed the time quite nicely. It's humour is mostly crude and silly, so it would appeal to people who like films like American Pie or anything with Adam Sandler in it. It's never going to win an award, but it is a satisfactory film.
Bad Teacher is a 2011 film starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. I watched it with some trepidation as I hadn't heard many good things about it - but I really enjoyed it!
Cameron Diaz - Elizabeth
Justin Timberlake - Scott
Lucy Punch - Amy
Jason Segel - Russell
Elizabeth Halsey is a nasty piece of work. At the beginning of the film she leaves her job as a teacher as she is due to marry a rich man, which she believes is her ticket to a easy and comfortable life. Unfortunately, the engagement falls through when the man and his mum realise she is a massive gold-digger. This leaves Elizabeth looking out for a new rich man to support her!
She returns to school, where she realises that one of the new supply teachers, Scott, is heir to a huge fortune. She sets on a plan to get her claws into him. At the same time, she is desperate to get a breast enlargement as she feels that it will make her more attractive to Scott.
The crux of the story is that Elizabeth is a horrible teacher and not much better as a person - she is sly, manipulative, a liar and out for all she can, no matter who she hurts. In particular, she has a rivalry going with fellow teacher Amy.
I went into this film not expecting much but it was actually really funny! Despite Elizabeth being a cow, there's something so funny about her that you can't help but root for her. It doesn't hurt that her rival Amy is so incredibly irritating you just want Elizabeth to win. Elizabeth's method of teaching was hilarious in how ridiculous it was. The story was fairly predictable, stupid and had plot holes bigger than the grand canyon but I watched this film for a bit of light relief on a Sunday evening, not to be intellectually challenged!
The acting was generally very good. I've never actually seen JT act before but he was funny and cute and generally lovely. I'm a big fan of Jason Segel and he was his usual hilarious, charming and natural self. I've not heard of Lucy Punch before, her character was quite hammy but it needed it really so she was a good choice. Diaz was really good as the lead. She is completely and utterly HOT in this film. And she just has amazing clothes, you can't help but envy her a bit!
If you're looking for a bit of fun you can't go far wrong with this film. It's funny and engaging, and it felt varied and interesting enough for the full two hours. Diaz is the perfect anti-hero in Elizabeth, and the naughty lead character was entertaining and interesting to watch. I also loved Segel as the no-bull character, who is the perfect put down to the irritating charactors of Amy and Scott. I sometimes find American films can be a bit tame, but I loved the naughtier side of this film.
It wasn't the best film in the world, but I enjoyed it and I'd watch it again!
Rated: 15 Due to drug references/use.
Director: Jake Kasdan
Writters: Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenburg
Starring: Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth
Also featuring Justin Timberlake as Scott Delacorte with other cast members particularly notable being Phyllis Smith and Jason Segal for their strong supporting roles.
I am a bit of a fan of Cameron Diaz, not only does she seem to be a fun down to earth person in real life, a movie starring her is not going to disappoint. Her comic timing and ability to look sexy and stunning in any situation means that a movie featuring Diaz will not disappoint so long as you are in the mood to leave the brain at the door and spend a couple of hours watching some enjoyable mindless fun.
Bad Teacher is no exception. It could so easily be a bad film, but due to Diaz's totally OTT characterisation of Elizabeth the film works, at time it is shocking, but it works. The movie features Louboutins, a boob job and a drugs bust.
Presumably in the USA there are teachers; there are good teachers and then there are bad teachers, with the character of Elizabeth being based on just about every bad teacher report that the writers have heard or read about. Elizabeth is not in it for the kids, the camaraderie of teaching or the joy of passing on information and helping young minds to grow. How Elizabeth fell in to a teaching job is not disclosed, however in the USA it must be a darn site easier than it is in the UK, otherwise Elizabeth would never have bothered. She is not the type of person that would have gone to university done an English degree and then gone on for another year or two of university to train to be an English teacher. Oh no, you get the idea she is only doing that because she cannot do much else. (well it was probably teaching or pole dancing). Elizabeth is not just a bad teacher, she is a bad person, she drinks excessively, partakes in recreational drugs, and flaunts her sexuality to get what she wants. With obvious glee Elizabeth finishes her year as a teacher to marry her very wealthy boyfriend. However, when she arrives home to their swish apartment lover boy is sat with his mother waiting to tell Elizabeth that the wedding is off and her allowance has been stopped. How they get across that this is a weak man being manipulated by his mother rather than his fiancée for a change is a class piece of writing and directing. Because the audience get it in that shot, we get what type of person Elizabeth is.
So Elizabeth is back at school at the start of the new term. She is outrageous. (now in this paragraph I am going to discuss the plot and antics, so if you haven't seen the movie and don't want it spoilt - jump to the next paragraph now!). First day back and Elizabeth is already showing the class movies. She is pretty much a caricature of the worst possible female teacher. She is only interested in her hedonistic lifestyle and how best to find another rich husband. The PE teacher shows interest in her, but Elizabeth tells him she does not date work colleagues, later in the film she tells him frankly that she won't date him the whole time he is only on a teacher's salary. The arrival of young substitute teacher Scott sparks a little interest from her, this soon turns to a lot of interest when she sees that his watch is a genuine expensive make - a Delacorte. Scott mentions that yes it is genuine, his grandfather founded the company. So Elizabeth is much more interested in him now that she realizes he comes from a wealthy family. Arch rival and "perfect" teacher Amy Squirrel is also interested in Scott and although he is friendly with Elizabeth it is Amy that manages to start dating him. This leads to further subterfuge as Elizabeth attempts to tempt Scott her way and having discovered from a chat to him prior to him dating bigger busted Amy that he was getting over his girlfriend, who Elizabeth had noticed from a photo also had an enviable cleavage Elizabeth decides it is a boob job that she needs, breast enlargement will save the day and she will win a man ether Scott or another wealthy man. Therefore she sets about raising the considerable sum of money required to have both breasts done, taking over the "charity" car wash sees her arriving in short shorts, tied up shirt, heals to die for and a broad smile, so the dad's were queuing up for the car wash, Amy accuses Elizabeth of creaming off the money, but no, the head teacher said she had already handed over the money and the paperwork for the day and all was in order. Learning that the teacher of the year would get a bonus by obtaining the best student exam results, Elizabeth set about improving her students , that did not waste anyone's time though as she managed to obtain the questions in advance, so knew exactly what to spoon feed her class. Managing to swing it so that Amy cannot go on a stay away school trip, Elizabeth goes instead and seduces Scott - to a point, we are treated to a close up of his face and Diaz astride the bed doggy style while he humps her. Both are fully clothed. So it goes on. That she goes about everything in the wrong way becomes a given, that she gets away with it time after time is just not funny after a while but tiresome.
The movie has some great one-liners, lots of innuendo and a very good well picked cast. It's fast paced and absurdness ensures it holds the attention. Phyllis Smith plays a slightly dim workmate brilliantly and Jason Segal proves time and time again who is the leading actor out of the leading men. Elizabeth always seems to be wearing Louboutin heals to die for and the climax, when it comes is by then predictable & the boob job? Well you'll have to watch the movie to find out!
A slightly funny, very silly, mindless way to spend a wet afternoon or evening, as mentioned Dias is brilliant and with the rest of the cast lifts what could be a slightly nauseous movie with other actors, but they are playing their butts off and the result is enjoyable enough, although the plot is weak and the concept (hopefully) farfetched.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
Easily available from places like Lovefilm, also now only £3.00 on DVD or £9.00 on Blue Ray FROM Amazon.
Stars C plus or 3/5 = Average
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Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a teacher at the John Adams Middle School. Elizabeth Halsey couldn't hate her job much more than she does, if she had the effort to try, and boy does it show. Elizabeth is lazy, unprepared, demotivated and generally just hates children. She is a gold digging drug taker who is concerned only with earning money and improving her status in the World. Elizabeth does not like to engage with colleagues or children but after she finds her personal situation changing Elizabeth is forced to continue down the path of a career as a teacher. 'Bad Teacher' centres around Elizabeth, her money grabbing ways and the different ways that she tries to skate by in life with the minimum amount of work. Elizabeth spends most of her time trying to find ways to pay for breast enlargement surgery, that she feels will enrich her life in ways that will lead to more money and a higher status ultimately. Elizabeth decides to try and bag a fellow teacher, who has money, and the film centres around her disgusting, rude, nasty actions and the things that she will do to get whatever she wants. Of course that isn't the whole film, as people around her try to change her and make her a better person.
The characters in this film are interesting and of course Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) is the main character. I love her bitchy, nasty side, and despite the fact that she is horrible there is just something likeable about her shallowness, probably because I know how the story pans out and I am rooting for her to become a nicer person.
There are several famous faces in this film, including Justin Timberlake, and there is enough of a back story, without just centering on the character of Elizabeth, to keep me interested in the film and to keep the film running along nicely. This film has a short runtime of around 90 minutes which prevents me from getting bored while watching it and any longer would really be stretching out the storyline of this film.
My particular favourite part of this film is the moment when Elizabeth finds out that she could earn herself a substantial bonus. She then starts to plot lots of ways to get what she wants and this brings a range of funny moments that are well worth watching, in particular a moment with a drink spiking that just makes me laugh every time I see it, despite the overall nature of the moment being so wrong!
This film really is a film that I would rate 3/5 stars, for the average performances, but yet I find myself watching it at least once a year now, sometimes on LoveFilm, and I also own it on DVD which I picked up for £1.27 used on Amazon. There are lots of predictable bits about this film, particularly the end, but this doesn't stop me from enjoying a bit of an average film at least once a year. I am sure that I will watch it again and while it isn't one of my favourite films, far from it, when I want a film to run in the background while I am doing things this is ideal as I can just dip in and out whenever I want.
Film Only Review:
Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a teacher at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) which is a middle school in Chicago. Beautiful and rather wild she is more interested in marrying for money, smoking marijuana, drinking and has an attitude problem than actually teaching. We meet her leaving the school after working there for a year and leaving to marry a posh toff which falls through and we see her having to return to the school and moving in with a slobby male flatmate. She is not a particularly nice person with her foul mouth and that's just the in front of the children she teaches!
She decides that to maximise her chances of bagging a rich man that she needs larger breasts and looks into having surgery but then finds out how much it will cost and on a teacher's salary that it isn't really possible so resorts to embezzlement, ripping off students and the school alike and doing whatever it takes to get what she wants.
A new meal ticket in the school in form of a rather nerdy teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), pitches up but she soon finds that she has competition for his affections in the form of fellow teacher Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch), a dedicated and a committed and enthusiastic teacher of whom sees through Elizabeth's lies and sees her for the person that she is.
However Scott may now be rather taken with Amy but Elizabeth is not the type of woman to give up what she wants without a fight and Scott comes from a wealthy background so she really wants him. However she has an admirer in the form of gym teacher Russell Gettis (Jason Segel) who seems really enraptured by her but he isn't rich.......could love ever be enough?????
Can a bad teacher though who genuinely has no interest in teaching and is downright rude and uncaring to her students ever change though? Well the answer is yes sort off if that means Elizabeth can make money from her students doing well in an uncoming test....again going to any length to make that happen but can she genuinely ever be a good teacher?
This wasn't a dreadful film but it was a pretty unmemorable film at the same time. The music in it....well I can't remember that at all, the performances were pretty wooden for the most part from everyone and the ending was predictable however like I say it wasn't awful. I'm not sure if this is meant to be a comedy or a Rom Com and by the end I didn't care.....for me this is one to watch when bored rather than one to buy!
I bought my copy new and with P+P from Amazon and it costed me £4.25 and it has a rating of 15 which I think is about right for the content.
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Film Only Review.
Both Mr Rarr and I needed to kick back last night, with both of us sharing a day off the next day, so when he got in from work we decided to stick on a film or two. We were both in the mood for something funny, so had a quick trawl through the offerings on his LoveFilm account. Frankly, the pickings were fairly slim in the comedy section, which is how we ended up watching Bad Teacher - sort of the best of a pretty bad bunch, if you like.
A 2011 release starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake. Directed by Jake Kasdan.
Currently available new on DVD on Amazon for £4.88. If you have a LoveFilm account with the required membership level, this is on free-to-view.
Run-time: 94 minutes.
Straight off we see Elizabeth (Diaz) quitting her job as a teacher after just one year. Delightedly, she hops into her Mercedes, reverses out of the parking lot at high speed, and barrels off home, to be met by her meal ticket (er, sorry, I meant fiancée) and his mother, who has finally persuaded her moron of a son to ditch his leeching other half.
Before you know it she's back at the same school, hell-bent on finding a new bloke to live off, getting by doing the bare minimum, leaving her students largely to their own devices as she sleeps off another hangover, strutting around in epic heels and figure-hugging outfits and bright red lipstick. She's also being driven mad by her colleagues, led by the hopeless principal Wally Snur (John Michael Higgins), hopelessly shy and frumpy middle aged teacher Lynn (Phyllis Smith) and infuriatingly positive happy-clappy loon Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch) - a completely committed and successful teacher who ends up becoming our anti-heroine's arch nemesis.
Enter Justin Timbersnake....Trouserlake...whatever we femmes are supposed to swooningly call him these days. He's in geek mode with specs and tweed firmly in place but still of course provides enough on the positive aesthetics front to become the new target of Elizabeth's "affection" - although how she expects a schoolteacher to fund her lifestyle of choice, I don't know, but let's gloss over that. I suppose when you're living in a thoroughly naff apartment with a fat bloke who probably can't recall his own name, anything will do.
Problem is, Scott is still getting over being dumped by his girlfriend a year previously, and shows Elizabeth a photo of her. Instantly, Elizabeth sees what she's doing wrong - clearly everything will be fixed with a spot of strategically placed plastic surgery, so clearly being of sound mind, she starts obsessively trying to raise the money for some "improvements" - a plan which puts her in direct competition with Amy both professionally and personally.
Meanwhile we meet gym teacher Russell, unfazed by Elizabeth's single-minded superficiality and determined that eventually he will persuade her to date him. Jason Segel is great in this role, bringing some real dry wit and sarcasm to the mix.
I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I genuinely laughed out loud a few times, and as I mentioned above, Segel is one of those rare American comedy actors who can really do sarcasm.
Plotwise, this is not dissimilar to British C4 series Teachers - its basically a condensed, Americanised version. At one point Teachers even had a pretty blond character who tried to do the bare minimum and leach off the professional capabilities of her surrounding male colleagues. I actually wonder if the writers had seen the C4 show before penning this - as there, you see teachers being totally frank with their students, rocking up hungover at work, smoking pot in the gym room...you get the picture. And do you think teachers are really like this when they're looking after your precious little ones in real life? Probably, yes. They're only human. So as a premise for a film it is pretty amusing, particularly when you offset it with the doolally mega-committed likes of Amy and Scott who seem to genuinely exist on a planet all of their own.
Diaz really plays this up quite well. She really is funny in this role and it looks like she had a great time playing it. Lucy Punch is also good as the happy-clappy hippy teacher who ends up going up against Diaz - she's perfect for that sort of role.
It's a script that is devoid of proper character development on the part of Elizabeth; there aren't too many shocks or twists that deviate away from the "comedy by numbers" formula, and there's little logical reason why we should be rooting for this anti-hero figure while the character who actually is playing by the rules somehow becomes "the bad guy", but its not Shakespeare and it's a good laugh and all a bit of fun, so I'm not going to split hairs over plot devices (or lack thereof) and the finer aspects of human psychology! Perhaps it is more that we start to root for the straight-talking, no-nonsense Russell rather than anyone else?
Supporting cast members get a clap on the back - whilst they too are effectively playing their part in a film premise which goes "take a tried-and-tested formula and stick it in a new location and scenario and film it", they do it all like the seasoned professionals they are (plenty of familiar middle-range American actors here). The let down is Timberwhatever, who clearly thinks he's being very clever playing the hopeless geek but really just didn't bring any genuine comedy to the table for me.
With a 15 certificate this is probably appropriately rated, if you really did want to get into the sociological impacts of modern comedy then largely basing a plot on a woman convinced that she can live off a bloke as long as she gets plastic surgery probably isn't the most responsible of plots but then it is what it is - a blatant comedy.
Segel is the best part of it all - for all naturally Diaz takes up much of the air time, when he is involved the chemistry between them is great and his character really appealed for his frankness and wit. Whilst I've never been much of a fan of his usual type of film, he is in a different character here to his most famous one (in How I Met Your Mother) and he is great in it.
So overall, yes I enjoyed this film, and more so than I expected I would. I like my humour like I like my wine - dry! - and the fact that I laughed out loud at this on a few occasions surprised me. With the exception of the eternally one-dimensional boyband singer, the cast did their job well and the lead clearly was having a great time filming it, which definitely comes across. Alright, its formulaic and holds no surprises but it is amusing and if the thought of teachers having completely dysfunctional lives doesn't scare the living daylights out of the parents among you then it is a good way to chill out and have a laugh without too much over-the-top gross-out "boy humour" that for me is just too crass to be funny.
I believed this was going to be hilarious due to the clips on the trailers. Cameron Diaz is known for her quirky, comical roles and i didn't believe this would be any different.
The cast line up includes Cameron Diaz (Elizabeth), Justin Timberlake (Nerdy substitute teacher), Jason Segel (Gym teacher) Lucy Punch (Amy).
Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth the dumped fiance who goes back to teaching. Elizabeths only dream is to get a boob job so she can bag a rich meal ticket. She tries to do everything she can to 'not' teach while using her job as 'teacher' to raise moneyraise money for her plastic surgery.
Justin Timberlake plays a sensitive and quite dim teacher called Scott who has a lot of money. Elizabeth tries to woo him in hopes he can be her next sugar daddy but Scott being a bit dim doesn't pick up on her advances.
Jason Segel as Russell, the 'with it' gym teacher only has eyes for Elizabeth and tells her he won't give up on trying to be with her. Russell howver, lacks the bank balance she desires.
Elizabeth is the worst teacher ever, drinking on the job, smoking pott on her lunch break, cheating at exams and bribing her pupils and their parents. With a big pay out going to the teacher who's class scores the highest on a test Elizabeth takes a u-turn and starts doing her job, well as good as she can.
Amy is the crazy teacher who doesn't like the attention Elizabeth is receiving, slacking at everything but gaining all the praise. Amy will do anything she possibly can to catch Elizabeth out and literally drives herself crazy while trying to do so.
I won't give everything away but the film i thought was ok, not nearly as many jokes and belly laughs that the trailers led us to believe.
Really not expecting very much at all, when I started watching Bad Teacher, I figured ot be getting another run of the mill bad girl turns good film with decent performances that would garner just another #yeah it's okay' review, or 'worth a watch'. Instead, I found a comedy that was set in a school, really rude and knew how to poke fun at itself and its characters.
The film focuses on Cameron Diaz's character, Elizabeth, a middle school teacher whose main goal in life is to find someone rich and marry them, meaning she'll never have to work again. Okay, so many people dream of this, but she is quite blatant about it, the laziest teacher ever, and the fact that she's six foot, blonde and not averse to skimpy clothes does mean that she's everything you wouldn't want your kids to have in a teacher. Diaz plays Elizabeth really well, bringing out her nasty selfish streak with consummate ease while not actually making her the sort of person to go out of her way to ruin someone else's life. She's too focused on herself for that!
When rich heir Justin Timberlake arrives at the school with his naivety, glasses, tie, tank top and good looks, she's not interested until she realises he's got a few bob saved away, and all of a sudden she's in a battle with another teacher for his affections. Meanwhile, the slob of a basketball coach, played by Jason Segel, is the down to earth guy we all know she should be dating. However, that would be just too convenient, wouldn't it?
It's funny, I'll give it that. But the cleverness comes with how it uses its humour. The characters are made fun of, the cast overact, and the director clearly tells them to elaborate as much as possible. Some of the scenes in the school would just never go unnoticed in reality, and everything is so contrived into making this film an easy vehicle for the story that the setting disappears out of the window in terms of reality. The angst of youth is touched on a couple of times, with Diaz giving out life lessons to anyone who'll care to listen, but really this is more to show the humane side of her character, and I didn't really like it. This should have stayed on the bad and narrow, much like Bad Santa did for Christmas films. Take away the fun and niceness and stick with the bad, brutal comedy.
It's rude enough, that's for sure. Whether it's the sexual references or the bad language, or even the completely cringeworthy situations some of these characters find themselves in, there's no doubting the inappropriateness of things for most of it, and it's certainly deserving of its 15 rating over here. Throughout the whole thing, you feel there's another swear word coming, and whether ot not you're laughing it's entertaining for the most part.
Okay, so there are parts where you sih they'd get on with it, and the few moral tales that accompany the story do get a bit annoying, but it's the characters who win out here, and make this something rather enjoyable to watch. It's one of those films you could easily watch a few times and not get bored, one that if it comes on you wouldn't think you'd get bored by watching. I enjoyed it, and even though it hasn't had the greatest reception, as long as you go into it expecting something average, you'll likely be pleasantly surprised.
Having seen the trailer to this film, I was quite interested to see how the film would play out, knowing Diaz's usual comedic characters, but was totally surprised by this one.
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
In Cameron Diaz's latest film 'Bad Teacher', she plays teacher Elizabeth Halsey who 'doesn't give an "F"' and lazes about waiting for a rich man to take care of her. When she meets rich substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), she goes all out trying to impress him. Seeing that his last girlfriend was well endowed, she aspires to get a boob job in order to catch his eye.
Hearing that the teacher with the best grades will get a bonus, she changes her attitude to teaching and strives to get that extra money for the boob job. However, she's not the only one who has her eye on Scott. Fellow teacher Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch) has won the bonus every year and after seeing Scott fall for Amy, Elizabeth goes to extreme lengths to win that money, and hopefully Scott.
To be very honest, I was surprised at how unnecessarily sleazy this movie was. The exposure of breasts and some of the language used was definitely over the top and didn't add much to the movie at all. However, these things aside, a simple, funny and outrageous plot unfolds, with some "nice" messages buried within it too.
In this way, I was somewhat confused at what messages the producers were trying to throw at the audience, given the character of Elizabeth Halsey and the actions she does is truely immoral, but yet she lives to see the next day and is portrayed to be the "good" character, also undeniably likeable too.
Typical rom com undertones also lie within the movie as Elizabeth has to choose between the rich guy she's pursuing and the gym teacher (Jason Segel) who's pursuing her. This love arc is also cleverly reflected into her students, as a chubby nerdy kid crushes on a popular girl.
Humour-wise, there are a few scenes that do make you chuckle, especially by the neurotically aggressive teacher Amy, who cannot stand to see Elizabeth win, rightfully accusing her of everything she does, yet gets punished for her alertness and loyalty to the school and her teaching. How ironic.
Which brings me nicely onto the ending which rounds up the film beautifully in concluding the characters' storylines. Whilst I do still feel sorry for Amy, she is dealt with in a peaceful and "happy" way, as is Elizabeth, leaving audiences satisfied.
Cameron Diaz- Elizabeth Halsey
Lucy Punch- Amy Squirrel
Jason Segel- Russell Gettis
Justin Timberlake- Scott Delacorte
Cameron Diaz does what she does best- being blonde and funny. Here she doessn't do anything different, except being slightly more evil and immoral in her ways. However, despite all the questionable things she does, you really can't help but like her and her character!
However, I thought Lucy Punch really shined out as being the neurotic teacher, feeling slightly sorry for her having to endure some of the things she does, but still, she created quite a lot of the funny scenes.
Justin Timberlake on the otherhand seemed to have forgotten he is supposed to be an actor and just walked on set as a fickle human being; he should stick to just looking pretty on posters (surprised he wasn't asked to take his top off for this). Jason Segel, on the other hand, was funny and given a lot more room to showcase his comedic ability, resulting in him outshining fellow actor JT.
The film is a straightforward, simple and effective comedy, showcasing Diaz at her best (though it is pretty much a one man show), yet it seems confused with the messages it is trying to present and along with the added (unecessary) sleaziness, makes 'Bad Teacher' a hit and miss film which some will love, whilst some will hate.
Elizabeth has her life sorted; thanks to a naive sugar daddy who has fallen head over heels for her she can quit her mundane job as a junior high school teacher and live off someone else's money. But when she is dumped, but to her fiancée's mother raising objections to the marriage, she is forced to go back into the education system and thrown back into the prowl for a rich husband. Serendipitously the new school supply teacher, Scott, is the heir to a watch fortune, but she faces competition from the straight-laced English teacher and has to dodge the advances of a schlubby pe teacher.
Bad Teacher is exactly as good as it needs to be; it doesn't really inspire to greatness and for once that actually feels okay, because it has the decency to supply what is demanded. It is funny (at times truly so) it has sparkly visuals, a game cast and a real sense of what is required from it. It bounces a long of the strength of its premise and zippy pacing without feeling the need to 'break the mould' in any significant way. It doesn't leave the impression that it could have, but at its heart it is strangely pure; entertainment for entertainments sake which tries to tell the, surprisingly, sweet story of a woman who learns that sometimes the last thing in the world you thought you wanted is actually the very thing you need.
Bad Teacher tries to have it both ways and as such it can come off as a little bit schizophrenic; it wants to be riotous (which it frequently is) as well as heart-warming (which, again, check) but for some reason the two pieces just don't fit. Instead of having the raunch compliment the sweet it seems to sully it - and this is due to the scripts feelings towards the lead character. It wants to revel in her scheming, to present a vamp who's sheer will and narrow sightedness empowers her and, by distorting our expectations of the people around her (particularly Amy and Scott) she does come off as a sorta heroine. At these points Bad Teacher is properly hilarious and refreshing; it is just inherently enjoyable to see Diaz throwing her weight around and swimming in her own forthrightness. However, the script, maybe out of a sense of duty or pressure from the studio, also feels the need to judge her, to question her at nearly every turn and that comes off a little icky and ridiculous. Obviously the audience understands that her antics aren't admirable (even if her determination is) and by constantly reiterating the fact to us, some of the fun of the piece is deflated. We are meant to laugh and scorn, but that can feel a little uncomfortable because the laughter plays into the writer's wheel-house much more than the drama.
The whole thing is helped tremendously by the fact that it is often very funny with a really great mix of Diaz's patent loose limbed physicality and a considerable amount of sparkling dialogue. By constructing blatantly ridiculous situations within such mundane settings the film has a foundation on top of which to go balls-out crazy. Much has been made of how 'dark' the film is, but it actually strikes me as one of the lighter comedies of the year (at least in the thriving sex-comedy genre) with a free-flowing sense of pacing and an admirable determination to reach a satisfying conclusion. The film is rarely anything but a lot of fun, it's breezy in the very good sense of the word; it pops and offers a pretty stellar ratio of gems to stinkers. Whilst Timberlake doesn't a quit himself particularly well to the material (it's hard when everyone around him is so fantastic) his character is a wonderful comedy construction and in a fairly subtle way. The rhythm of the dialogue is great and there is a pleasing sense that the film exists in a real world and the people occupying it have genuine connections; some of the highlights are quiet moments between two characters which lets the quality of the writing shine through. As the film progresses it becomes less funny, but there are enough big set pieces that the film never feels like its limping.
The pretty heavy handed moralising towards the end of the film (the thing that seems to have annoyed most of the critics I have read) is jarring, but it doesn't impede the film that much because the romantic sub-plot which emerges is genuinely sweet. Sure there are life lessons thrown into the mix for no real artistic reason but that comes with the territory and if that is what has to be tacked on to allow some of the edgier stuff then I, personally, can roll with it. Most of it is highly enjoyable (especially a bizarre Timberlake musical interlude) yet there is something missing, the whole thing is dogged by the shadow of the film that it could have been, like it's constantly reaching for a little bit extra. That can make it frustrating as if you are waiting for it to get to a destination that is constantly on the horizon. The whole doesn't always add up to the sum of its parts, often because it stubbornly refuses to go full on mean, it's a film that traps itself in convention without the necessary smarts to subvert our expectation. There is little question as to how the characters will resolve their situations, although, to its credit some of the more obvious plot twists are handled fairly gracefully. Sometimes its acceptable to be all text, this is not a film which needs subtext, but the makers give it to us anyway.
Cameron Diaz is brilliant in the lead; a foul mouthed life and soul who brings her a-game in terms of physicality and snark. She looks fantastic and plays to the cheap seats as if her life depended on landing the comedic beats - she's also pretty good with the more dramatic plot developments, but is never more fun than when she is manipulating and scheming. Her chemistry with Jason Segal is tight and she seems to be having the most fun of her career; she seems genuinely joyous through most of it and reveals once again why she is such an appealing film presence. Timberlake fits in well enough, but his ability to shoulder a movie is still dubious - he is handed a truly brilliant character and he does little to inject much life into it, though he is certainly game for some of the more outrageous character moments. Despite the fact that his cast mates seem to be holding his hand through a lot of it, he has very funny interactions with the entire principal cast and is given some of the funniest moments of the whole thing. It's still hard to see him as anything but feather-weight though, he rarely occupies the space in the way the people around him do and he appears oddly tentative for much of the screen time. Lucy Punch is a wonderful actress (with a dubious choice of scripts) and she is overblown in the best way here, her character is crazy and her willingness to play her with heart and energy goes a long way to making the fairly one-dimensional character believable and hilarious.
Overall, despite its pretty obvious flaws, Bad Teacher is pretty much what it promises to be; it summery, it's sharp and it offers a pleasing diversion for the entirety of it run. If you've the trailer, which was surprisingly ubiquitous on the internet and every other media outlet, then you know exactly what the film has to offer. It could have been more, but at least in its settling its offers up a fairly ampoule portion of giggles and shocks.
After several weeks of continuous bugging from my friend I finally agreed to accompany her to see 'Bad Teacher'. She thought that the advertisements looked 'hilarious' and that Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz together would make it an excellent movie. I; however, approached this movie with trepidation, for reasons I'm not entirely sure of and I really should have gone with my gut and saved myself an entire weeks pocket money and an hour and half of my time because this movie is rubbish.
Whilst the concept and the advertisement make this movie seem very attractive and comic the film does not live up to expectations. I'm guessing the point of this movie was to see Elizabeth (Diaz) develop as a character and transform from a superficial gold digger to an honest, down-to-earth role model for her students, but I did not see this. There is no development of Elizabeth's character, she seems to just change from one person to another, but even at the end of the movie Elizabeth does not seem like a very good teacher or someone with particularly good morals.
There are some sexual scenes in this movie and they are probably the funniest things about this movie because they're just so god-damn ridiculous. (Yes, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake dry-humping is hilarious.) They scenes don't add anything to the plot at all. In fact, I'm not even sure why they were included seeing as movies about 'bad' teachers should be aimed at children and teenagers who actually attend school and have bad teachers therefore making this movie extremely inappropriate. Watching Diaz throw her wet body at a car just reminded me of a fish out of water, flopping around. Of course, she did look sexy whilst doing it in as little clothing as possible, but still, she looked ridiculous.
I found the plot line very boring throughout the movie, not a lot seemed to happen. The main focus seemed to be on Elizabeth trying to earn money for a boob-job, which she doesn't even get in the end. Supposedly this shows her epic change in character proving that you don't need to change yourself and blahblahblah but it doesn't. Curiously, Scott (Timberlake) agrees that Elizabeth should get a boob job because he believes that it's okay to want to improve yourself; however, I got the impression that he was supposed to be the character with the greatest morals in this movie, so whoever developed his character didn't think that one very well through.
At the end of the movie Elizabeth starts to date Russel (Jason Segel), the gym teacher, this also is presumably to show that she is no-longer a gold digger, but it doesn't. She even asks him if agreeing to go out with him means that she's consciously making the decision to be with a low-paid gym teacher. Their relationship also appears to be mainly sexual as the pair don't really interact that much throughout the film.
All in all this is a movie about a gold-digger who's extremely lazy and bad at teaching, in the end she is not so much of a gold-digger, she's slightly less lazy, and slightly better at teaching, but to be honest, there isn't much of an improvement. Don't bother wasting your money on this movie.
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I'm not your biggest film person and usually get bored 10 minutes in and find something better to do. This film was so good that I sat still and watched it from begining to end. I had seen an advert for it a month before and couldn't wait to see it.
Bad Teacher is mainly about a teacher who will do anything for a boob job. Elizabeth palyed by Cameron Diaz leaves her job as a teacher to marry her rich boyfriend and become a lady of leisure. Until he realises shes a golddigger and calls of their engagement.Elizabeth is forced back into her teaching job. And she is far from enthuiastic. It is now her aim in life to find and rich man and live off him.
There are some very funny scenes from her terrible couldn't care less teaching style. She tries her best to ignore everyone in the school, but makes sort of friends with one teacher who she turns to the wild side. Then comes Scott a geeky romantic teacher played very well by Justin Timberlake. Did I mention he is rich? Elizabeth then turns her sights on him. But so does a very funny character by the name of Miss Squirrel. Scott and Miss Squirrel are a perfect match. Elizabeth realises this so decides to get a boob job to get his attention. The rest of the film is based around the Love stories and how she raises the funds for her surgery. All the while she is supported by a PE teacher who tries his best to make her fall in love with him.
This film is very funny. It is based around these 5 or 6 characters. It is a nice relaxing film. No guns war, crime or anything to make you feel tense. There is alot of drugs and bad language which is why this film has a 15 rating.
And there is a nice twist at the end just to keep you on your toes.
Director: Jake Haskan
Written by: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky (writers of the TV series 'The office')
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel
Running time: 90 minutes
UK cinema release date: 17th June 2011
The reason I wanted to watch this film was because of the casting. Cameron Diaz I absolutely love from previous comedy films, and Justin Timberlake... being a young woman, well, nothing is needed to be said, his looks just pull it off!
Fairly obviously, the protagonist Elizabeth Hasley (Cameron Diaz), as the title suggests is... a bad teacher. Smoking pot, swearing at kids, scamming the school of money, keeping weed in her desk draw, basically doing the minimalist she can, is the way she rolls.
Alongside her job, marriage to a rich finance fails, so she now has to find a new male replacement with money (to fund her wanted breast implants). This new mission involves Elizabeth trying to hook up with fellow co-worker Scott (Justin Timberlake), the clean-cut, perfectionist who also has a hell of a lot in his bank account. Just as Elizabeth thinks she's winning him over, competition begins. Amy Squirrel the geeky and 'desperate' type is convinced Scott and her a couple, and throughout the movie, conflicts stirs between the two.
The script isn't anything out of the ordinary and isn't drastically original. Saying this though, there were plenty of hilarious comedy quotes and the storyline wasn't as boring as I first thought it might be. The comedy was mainly down to Diaz stealing the show.
Playing roles in films such as 'There's something about mary' and 'The sweetest thing' Diaz has had plenty of success in comedy, and this one is not to be ignored. It has the similar raunchy humour as these previous films and Diaz completes the character. This movie would be nowhere near success without her.
The same compliments cannot be given to the rest of the film however. Personally, I thought the comedy was fuelled solely from the main character and seemed to be a one man show. Seeing Justin Timberlake in previous films such as 'alpha dog' I was presently surprised by the fact that there was a possibility he did have some acting talent. This is not reflected in this film however! The character of Scott is fairly bleak and bland, and partly this is probably down to the script writers, but I can't recall one funny phrase or sentence! I think the writers could have played around and have so much more fun with this character.
It is definitely 15 for a reason, with lots of swearing, sex scenes, drug use etc. Some people might even find this distasteful, but I think this kind of adds to the comedy, because it's such an opposed stereotypical view of a teacher.
Although I'm making this out to be a raunchy, offensive movie, let me highlight there are some nice moments! Alongside Scott, Elizabeth also has another admirer throughout the film, which adds a hint of real romance, rather than her boob job fantasy. You're gonna have to watch to find out what happens (Don't want to give it all away!).
It wasn't anything out of the ordinary, and I don't think I'd jump out my seat if I got the chance to watch it again. But overall I did enjoy watching this movie. It made me laugh, which in the end was what I wanted !