Bad Teacher (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Jun 14 2011

By all reports, ‘Bridesmaids’ is the women-behaving-badly Hollywood comedy to catch this summer – but here’s a no-frills taster before the main course… Cameron Diaz is Elizabeth, a dirty-mouthed, hard-drinking, pot-smoking Chicago teacher who cares more about raising cash for a boob job than passing on knowledge to her charges. A break-up with a fiancé keeps her unhappily in the education system, where she has both eyes on a wealthy colleague, Scott (Justin Timberlake), although he’s more keen on overachieving Amy (Lucy Punch). Meanwhile, the nice-guy sports coach (Jason Segel) holds a flame for Elizabeth…

It’s a basic but amusing farce gifted with enough sharp lines to carry you through the lean patches. ‘I love helping bums,’ says Elizabeth, her character straight from the ‘Bad Santa’ school of writing – a shit you can love – although this film’s political incorrectness is far more self-conscious and coy. Diaz relishes the role: compared to the dire ‘Knight and Day’, this is her ‘Citizen Kane’.
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15

UK release:

Fri Jun 24, 2011

Duration:

92 mins

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not amused filmgoer

I don't think this was anything like Bad Santa - wish people would stop comparing them. Cameron Diaz was good, but her character was anything but likable - which really ruined it for me - I literally couldn't care less if she ended up with Timberlake or the other guy or got the money or didn't. I saw this because I'm a fan of Lucy Punch - but it was the worst thing I've seen her in (apart from that sitcom). She was wasted in it. It was also full of really clunky humour. You had a brief smile at some of it, but then it laboured and laboured the jokes as if the film-makers expected you to still be laughing five minutes later. But I wasn't. And there were a couple of really tasteless bits, too. Disappointing.

Scott

I thought it lived beyond expectations bit of scrutiny from the above but definetly a must see if your just above the certified age of the film suited more for youths like it was marketed and aimed for like myself fantastic film 5 stars :-)

Scott

I thought it lived beyond expectations bit of scrutiny from the above but definetly a must see if your just above the certified age of the film suited more for youths like it was marketed and aimed for like myself fantastic film 5 stars :-)

scrumpyjack

An "ok........where next?" type movie. Not bad, just after Norton in 3 years time kinda deal. Oh & it is not at any stage funny...which is a bit of a problem for a comedy! 5/10

long cat

Error in my last comment - it was Cameron Diaz's worst offering NOT P. Cruz. Apologies for screw up.

long cat

One of Cruz's weqkest films. Nearly as bad as Knightley's latest excrement. Some laughs but ultimately it feels forced humour. Timberl;ake is the saviour of this movie. Worth seeing if you have nowt else to do

Mike

I went to see this as I thought the trailer made it look good. Unusually, not all the humours in the trailer, so there are plenty more chuckles. That said, the script’s a bit patchy, and an obvious thread in the story was missed. But I still enjoyed it and, judging by the sold out cinema I saw it in, it’ll make a few bucks. Three stars.