CAMERON DIAZ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE JASON SEGEL LUCY PUNCH
First it was Bad Santa, and now it’s Bad Teacher; clearly, the idea of taking a respectable and admired childhood figure and making it vulgar and dirty is catching on. Like Bad Santa, Bad Teacher has a few sprinkled funny tid-bits, but the movie as a whole is a skunk because of the stupid script. From the writer/producer/director of Dewy Cox, Bad Teacher is nothing more than dust from the exhaust pipe of Hangover II. Diaz has made the publicity rounds, touting her movie as a raunchy, dirty, good time when, in fact, compared to Hall Pass, Hangover, and Your Highness, this is very tame. Sure, Cameron Diaz fondles another lady’s implants, but that’s not worth the ticket price--even for “that crowd”.
Dumped by her well-to-do fiancée for spending $16,000 in one month, Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) is forced to return to her low paying middle school teaching job where, on a good day, she might do the minimum requirements. She is foul-mouthed, doesn’t know her students' names, and sleeps on her desk while they watch movies. However, when she realizes the teacher who has the class scoring the highest on the state test at the end of the year gets a bonus, suddenly class is in order and she might be able to afford the boob job she has been researching.
Some of the funniest scenes in the comedy belong to actress Lucy Punch, who you might recognize from Hot Fuzz. She plays that annoying teacher who lives in the world of “teaching is so fun”; we all know the type. Timberlake, who was suggested for his role by ex girlfriend Diaz, plays his geekiest yet. In one neurotic dry humping scene I couldn’t help but feel Diaz was poking fun at him with this role. The Office regular Phyllis Smith garners all the fat jokes in the film and is a great sounding board for Elizabeth.
Most of the jokes are just refried material from elsewhere, lots of borrowed material; Diaz even does her best Jessica Simpson and/or Paris Hilton, sliding up and down wet cars in her daisy dukes for a car wash. Certainly my favorite line from the sarcastic script was Elizabeth defending her movie showings in class: “Movies are the new books”. A poop scene is, of course, used in the film; you can’t have a comedy without that these days. I was surprised to see Michelle Pfeiffer’s Dangerous Minds referenced as well as the popular Coolio song from that 90’s hit movie, but that was the only surprise.
Final Thought – The few funny parts are drowned out by all the stupid.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Michael Woody