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Comedy - Adult

Bad Teacher (2011)

Duration1h 32m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Austria: 12 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorJake Kasdan
Writers/ScriptGene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg
StarringCameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segal, Justin Timberlake, Phyllis Smith, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.6/10 by 199k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 44% by 178 reviewers. Review2view: 7/10

Elevator Pitch: Lazey middle school teacher Elizabeth Halsey is dumped by her rich boyfriend, and so has to return to the class room. She aspires to getting large breasts, in order to capture another millionaire, but must find a way of paying for them. She is otherwise unmotivated, usually hung over and negligent, until she finds out that if she is the best teacher in the county she will get a cheque for ,ore than $5000. A substitute teacher, Scott, arrives and becomes her objective, although he seems to prefer the brown nose, Amy Squirrel, who is always sneaking to the head master. Russell, the gym teacher fancies Elizabeth, but is he rich enough for her?

Content: There is one scene of a young woman showing off her enhanced breasts and, apparently only in the unrated version, some dry humping between Elizabeth and Scott (What the hell made them put that scene in anyway?) When she learns about the annual charity car wash she gets in there in her Daisy Duke’s and skims the top off the profits.  She sleeps in class while the students watch movies. She then drives them onward, but in the end has to resort to almost seducing the man who sets the exam questions. She is at odds with Amy Squirrel who is irritatingly obsequious  with the head master.

A View: This film covered its production cost on its first weekend, my personal view of success, but it was not really liked by the IMDb population, making it a cheap hire from Amazon. For me it passed the ten laugh test, so better than many other supposed comedies available.  Cameron Diaz puts her heart into it as usual, and the insubstatial Scott has, at last, given Justin Timberlake a suitable role. I think it is worth a view, particularly if you are a teacher. 

Here are a couple of other Cameron Diaz comedies which have been reviewed on this site: There’s Something About Mary, What Happens in Vegas   

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