Never in the history of film has a movie lived up to its title so literally – Bad Teacher is just…terribly bad!
Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) is a pot smoking, potty mouthed teacher who couldn’t give a stuff about her students and just wants to find a man with massive wads of cash to help her live the high life she feels she deserves. After being dumped by her wealthy fiancé, Elizabeth is convinced a boob job is what she needs to snag that rich dude she’s been waiting for once and for all, so sets about scheming as much cash as she can from students, teachers and parents.
This script had all the makings of a great comedy, but falls very short of making you laugh, pushing you more towards the cringe factor. If you’re expecting a similar vibe to 2003’s Bad Santa with Billy Bob Thornton, you’ll be massively disappointed. Where Bad Santa pushed comedy to the edge of crudeness in a clever and original way, Bad Teacher is your A-typical Hollywood comedy without the balls to push the boundaries past an M rating. This really could have been something special, but the script seems to stall on Elizabeth’s need for a new pair of tits, and let’s face it, there aren’t many places you can take that story arch. You want to laugh at the lengths Elizabeth goes to for her new boobs, but everything you see has been done and done a billion times before and Bad Teacher just does it with a whole load more cheese.
The only thing this film has going for it is Cameron Diaz who proves she has the comedy edge, but all she needed was a script to match her and push her skills to the maximum. Jason Segel is out of place as Russell the school’s gym teacher. Whilst Segel has some of the best lines, his tit for tat relationship with Elizabeth is somewhat out of place throughout the whole film, you want to see how it develops, but it never quite gets there, leaving you feeling a little ripped off. The most unusual casting of all though is Justin Timberlake as new teacher Scott Delacorte, a weirdo with a fetish for dry humping with clothes on. Timberlake, providing the movie with THE most uncomfortably weird scene I’ve ever had to sit through is utterly abysmal. Even the customary “singer in a movie scene so we have to get them to sing” scene, is awkward, over acted and just plain embarrassing.
When it all comes down to it, Bad Teacher really could have been something special but predictability, buckets of cheese and a whole lot of embarrassing awkwardness has this movie getting an F for FAIL…MASSIVE FAIL.
– Suzanna Parisi