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Bad Teacher (2011)

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A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job, her students, and her co-workers is forced to return to teaching to make enough money for breast implants after her wealthy fiancé dumps her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Elizabeth Halsey
Lucy Punch ... Amy Squirrel
Jason Segel ... Russell Gettis
Justin Timberlake ... Scott Delacorte
Phyllis Smith ... Lynn Davies
John Michael Higgins ... Principal Wally Snur
Dave Allen ... Sandy Pinkus (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Jillian Armenante ... Ms. Pavicic
Matthew J. Evans ... Garrett Tiara
Kaitlyn Dever ... Sasha Abernathy
Kathryn Newton ... Chase Rubin-Rossi
Igal Ben Yair ... Arkady
Aja Bair Aja Bair ... Devon (Chase's Friend) (as Aja Cheyenne Bair)
Andra Nechita ... Gaby
Noah Munck ... Tristan
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Storyline

When her wealthy fiancé breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She doesn't give an "F."

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Teacher See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,603,106, 26 June 2011

Gross USA:

$100,292,856

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,197,492
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, Mosaic See more »
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The woman whose topless breasts are shown on display to Elizabeth Halsey is played by Christine Smith, Playboy's playmate of the month for December, 2005. See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) Elizabeth orders her class to open their copies of "To Kill a Mockingbird" to page 1, and asks them why Jem cries when the hole in the tree is filled with cement. That scene doesn't occur until chapter 7. See more »

Quotes

School Secretary: [reading off desk sticker] Learning is fun-tastic.
Elizabeth Halsey: What'd you say to me?
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.24 (2011) See more »

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Everything You Need
Written by Jon-Michael Estep
Performed by Kate Booye and Jon Estep
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Funnier than the reviews
6 August 2011 | by darklydreamingrahuSee all my reviews

Bad Teacher is funny in ways it shouldn't be. Cameron Diaz owns the role of Elizabeth as the foul-mouthed, pot smoking, trashy blonde teacher with a twisted outlook on life. Obscenities and bizarre sexual innuendo roll off her tongue perfectly. Justin Timberlake is hilarious and awkward as Scott. His character is complex and....well he's just awkward....there's no other way to describe it. Lucy Punch is the perfect counterpart to both Diaz and Timberlake's characters as Amy Squirrel. Her over-the-top performance is one you will remember. Jason Segel steals every scene he's in as Russell the equally foul mouthed and dirty gym teacher. Phyllis Smith is an adorable and strange addition to the movie as the confused Lynn Davis, bringing her own brand of corkiness to the plot. All in all, the casting of Bad Teacher is flawless and is really where the movie shines. The punchlines are delivered with punch and the characters are decently developed and complex in their own ways.

There are some setbacks to Bad Teacher which stop it from being a great comedy. The plot devices used to move the story along are unconvincing and overplayed. Character transformations are equally unconvincing, uninspired, and rushed. Some scenes feel forced for the sake of cheap laughs or shock value. None of it though is shocking enough for this to be an effective method of comedy. Sometimes the characters feel a bit too weird even for the universe of strange the movie sets early on. Jason Segel's Russell is the most interesting character in the movie and yet for some reason is greatly underused. He pops up in pointless scenes simply to interject a laugh and then disappears for long stretches of time.

Bad Teacher is a funny movie. The critics have not been so generous with their reviews, but who listens to them anymore anyways? If you are into dark comedies or a raunchy brand of humor, you will find yourself laughing with this one. While the plot devices are forced and some of the humor could have been better with a more subtle approach, overall this is a decent flick to chill out on the couch and laugh with. 7/10


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