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Former flames Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake star in this comedy about a foul-mouthed, gold-digging, high school teacher. Diaz plays the teacher, who sets her money grubbing sights on a substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake) who happens to be the heir to a watch company fortune.
From the director of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Orange County.
Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Molly Shannon
Jake Kasdan ('Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story', 'Orange County', TV's 'Freaks and Geeks')
Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky
(R16) contains offensive language,drug use and sexual content that may offend | Comedy | USA | Official Website
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Broader than Bad Santa and less consistently funny, it's still gleefully rude, crude and often a lot of fun.Click to read full review.
A high-school satire that is reasonably funny, though far from sure how badass it really wants to be.Click to read full review.
For all her desk-stashed booze and inappropriately tight skirts, the movie offers Diaz a pretty bland badness.Click to read full review.
Little White lies (UK)
Diaz's game charms are semi-squandered on a script that's two-thirds filler. Not quite detention, but on thin ice.Click to read full review.
NZ Herald (Francesca Rudkin)
Being a complete bitch doesn't always make you funnyClick to read full review.
Total Film (UK)
Freaks And Geeks and Zero Effect seem a long time ago as director Jake Kasdan offers up a film simultaneously loose and strained, full of underlined punchlines. Proof that comedy really is in the. Timing.Click to read full review.
TVNZ (Darren Bevan)
You'd think a raunchy comedy involving Cameron Diaz as an apathetic, pot smoking, drinking and uncaring teacher would be a natural sequel to Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa.Click to read full review.
What's singularly lacking here is any sense of how to use the underage characters, who, apart from one or two, are a barely distinguishable gaggle.Click to read full review.
Andreas Heinemann, Flicks.co.nz
Feeling like a Judd Apatow or Todd Phillips directed effort with a foul-mouthed female in the lead instead of one of the boys, Bad Teacher is the polar opposite of soppy, sweet-as-sugar love stories that invariably fail to deliver the laughs. Cameron Diaz steps it up here, perhaps knowing that she’s getting older and each lead role could be her last.
As faint praise as it may seem, her performance as an abrasive gold digger is probably a career best. She doesn’t look out of place surrounded by veteran comedy performers and she’s able to get some laugh out loud moments out of the weaker material. Liz Punch as the sickeningly positive Miss Squirrel makes for a great counterpoint and duelling dynamic on the teaching staff. Jason Segel is effortlessly good in his supporting role and Justin Timberlake as a goofy goody-two-shoes rich boy is an entertaining piece of casting.
The script doesn’t always do the best job of tying all these performances into an interesting story, but it keeps a brisk pace and provides plenty of un-PC jokes to keep you entertained. Even the smutty and gross-out humour won’t have you rolling your eyes in embarrassment for a change.
A happy ending feels typically tacked on and unconvincing, but for the majority of the running time it’s pretty much all you could ask for out of a date movie.