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Bad Teacher

A movie directed by Jake Kasdan

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Not so Bad Teacher

  • Jul 6, 2011
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            I’ll not be the first to say it but Bad Teacher is bad and not in a good way. This movie suffers from the ultimate fault of bad writing. I wouldn’t be surprised if even on paper this movie remains a shallowed hollowed out shell of a dark comedy. Unlike good dark comedies that use the word Bad in the title, first of which I mention Bad Santa, Bad Teacher’s lead character Elizabeth Halsey (played by Cameron Diaz) is not as bad as she is boring as hell.
            Elizabeth really isn’t a bad teacher as she is just plain lazy. The only thing that the movie plays off as bad is the fact that she has her students watch movies about educators. That’s what I wouldn’t consider bad as much as I consider that a squirrel buries nuts in back yard every year. Speaking of squirrels there’s the necessary antagonist of this movie Amy Squirrel (played by Lucy Punch). Amy is what I would call a super teacher. She takes her job WAY too seriously. She goes as far as to walk into the mens faculty bathroom where the principal (which by the way is played really well by John Michael Higgins) to tattle tale on Elizabeth.
            Come to think of it all the  teachers in this movie act more childish than the actual students they teach! And the worst part is this role reversal thing isn’t funny. In fact it’s downright terrible. The kids in this movie are cookie cutter characters with the cool dude, the dork, the popular girl, and the suckup. And none of them have any funny lines at all. What about giving the kids some funny lines like in School of Rock? You know what, instead of by a ticket to go see Bad Teacher use the money to rent/buy School of Rock and watch that rather than this garbage.
 
PS: Justin Timberlake isn’t funny and Jason Segal isn’t in it enough to be funny. That’s about all I have to say on that subject.

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July 30, 2011
I fell asleep on this and I doubt I'll see it again unless it is free on HBO. I guess I didn't miss anything....
 
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review by . February 11, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Who said Cameron Diaz couldn't act? In Bad Teacher, she turns in a performance which is as remarkable for Diaz's portrayal of complete, uncaring depravity as it is for her awesome, finely honed comedic chops. Diaz pulls no punches whatsoever as the lead character, Elizabeth Halsey, a scumbucket of a human being who has somehow convinced the faculty of the local middle school that she's the best teacher who ever lived. Her performance is on par in its no-holds-barred grit and against-type derring-do …
review by . June 24, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Growing up I don't know if I ever had a teacher who didn't care one bit. All of my teachers, at the very least, could put on a show so I was none the wiser. It was tough to tell what to expect from the movie, most of the trailers just featured the same one liners that weren't all that funny to begin with. The premise was good and had the potential to be hilarious if it was written from the perspective of a disgruntled teacher, it wasn't. While expectations were low the movie still …
review by . June 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Bad Teacher is about a woman whose badness far exceeds her teaching. She’s rude, dishonest, manipulative, superficial, unsympathetic, and cruel. The movie should have been called Bad Person. Her name is Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz), a Chicago gold digger. The film begins with her leaving her junior high teaching position after only one year; she chose the job because of the easy opportunities to do the bare minimum, but her real dream is …
review by . June 24, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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BAD TEACHER   Written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg   Directed by Jake Kasdan   Starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch and Justin Timberlake      The movies offer a long line of great educators to draw inspiration from. There’s Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver; Morgan Freeman in Lean on Me; and even Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds. And while that last example might seem a bit of a stretch, she is still infinitely …
review by . June 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   15 - 92mins - Comedy - 17th June 2011 Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) has somehow found herself as a school teacher during her life when all she wants to do is grab a man with lots of money who can provide for her. With her former fiancé having worked out the truth and ditching her, Elizabeth has to return and teach for yet another school year much to her frustration. Not only does she have to teach the children but also has to keep the principal (John Michael Higgins) and …
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I'm glad that I didn't fully listen to all the naysayers here and checked this out for an afternoon matinee today. That's not to say they're wrong because this is no Hangover or even a Get Him to the Greek but, I found it a perfect brain candy movie that gave me a few laughs.      I thought JT was HILARIOUS- his Simpatico song was great and Diaz did a good job as did the other cast mates. I had never heard of Lucy Punch and thought she did an amazing job as the …
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Director: Jake Kasdan
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 24 June 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg
Runtime: 92 min
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