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Bad Teacher (DVD)
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Bad Teacher (DVD)
Advantages: Funny quotes and moments, Cameron Diaz completes the character,
Disadvantages: Rest of the roles are a bit of a let down, one man show,
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 !
Summary: Not amazing, but I thought this film did have its comical moments!