Movie Review: Bad Teacher

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Synopsis: Some teachers just don't give an F. For example, there's Elizabeth. She's foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can't wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she's dumped by her fiance, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute - competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy. When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher, the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, John Michael Higgins
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
U.S. Rating: R

Another lousy script saved by the great work of a unique and hilarious cast. Bad teacher brings the funny side of the worst and meanest attitude of a school teacher, played by Cameron Diaz.

Bad Teacher is all about the story of Elizabeth Halsey, a Chicago middle school teacher who curses at her students, consumes lots of alcohol, smokes marijuana, and only shows movies while she sleeps through class. She never took her job seriously, since her only plan in life was to marry a wealthy man who would care of her and provide her with all the luxury and confort she wants. She plans to quit teaching and marry her wealthy fiancé, but when she gets home from her last day at school, she finds her fiancé with his mother waiting for her to give her the news that he dumped her, forcing Elizabeth to get back her job as a teacher. While she's at her very bottom at her job performance and goals, she meets the new substitute teacher, Scott Delacorte, who is also wealthy, and obviously, will try to get his attention and love. Amy Squirrel, a dedicated teacher and colleague of Elizabeth, also pursues Scott while the school's gym teacher, Russell Gettis, makes advances on Elizabeth which she rejects.

Since Scott's last girlfriend had a "big heart" (and breasts), Elizabeth reafirms her intention to get surgery to enlarge her breasts, believing she is being overlooked for women with larger chests. However, she cannot afford the $10,000 procedure. The war between Elizabeth and Amy over Scott's attention will increase on every action they take. Elizabeth will do whatever it takes to raise the money she needs for her surgery, and Amy will complain against her methods, implying that she might have stole money and cheated on some of the events they worked on.

At the end, after a serie of events where Amy and Scott show their true nature, and Russell Gettis, the nice gym teacher finally gets Elizabeth's attention, the new school year starts, Elizabeth is kinder to her co-workers, has started a relationship with Russell, and did not get the breast enlargement because she feels that she looks fine the way she is. Elizabeth also has a new position in the school as the new guidance counselor.

I must admit that I totally enjoyed the cast performance. Cameron Diaz and Lucy Punch saved the day with their roles and hilarious attitude. Lucy Punch always scares me (in a funny way) with her weird personality, since I personally think that Lucy Punch is the new Molly Shannon. It was not Justin Timberlake's best performance, but he brought some hilarious situations to the plot, along with Jason Segel and John Michael Higgins. As mentioned before, a pretty lousy script that was taken to another step, thanks to the cast unique talented humor.

I would rate this movie with a 3/5

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