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Bad Teacher

Published November 5, 2011

Bad Teacher

Film info

  • Title Bad Teacher
  • Director Jake Kasdan
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 1hr 32m
  • Genre Comedy
  • Tagline She doesn't give an F

Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a foulmouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate teacher. She drinks, gets high, and can’t wait to marry a meal ticket to get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her sights on a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) while shrugging off the advances of the school gym teacher (Jason Segel). The consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, coworkers, and even herself an education like no other!

Background Info

For someone who isn’t a Cameron Diaz fan, it’s bizarre to be watching the second film in a row with her in. Mr C was fanatical about this one, desperately waiting for it to appear after spotting the trailer a long time ago. I thought it looked okay, and I’m keen to see Justin Timberlake in more things to see how he develops.

Live Blog

TimeComment

0:55 - People don’t actually give apples to their teachers, surely? 5:33 - Oooops. I don’t remember birthdays either, though. 7:33 - It’s weird she’d do a job that requires such love when she clearly has none for it. You can’t really do a half-assed teaching job, can you? 11:58 - She swears a lot. Alarms are annoying, though. 14:39 - Aww, he’s cute. Missing Paul Rudd though. 19:11 - Calling someone lover isn’t going to persuade them particularly if they’re your ex. 19:52 - I love film references that even Mr C doesn’t get. 21:59 - Simon the dolphin. 25:39 - “Getting pretty chummy with the money.” 33:12 - Ooh, snow! 35:41 - JT has the moves. 38:10 - I love the concept of having a massive argument with the kids about sports. I see plenty of that day to day too. 39:40 - “I do have upper body strength, just not in my arms or chest.” 45:57 - I really love Lynn as well. 48:40 - Justin Timberlake is singing. 55:47 - Manipulation through the use of dolphins sounds… I don’t even know. 1:02:09 - Far too mean. 1:04:05 - Ooh, a musicals joke! I get those. 1:10:47 - Stealing an Annie wig makes you a criminal mastermind apparently. 1:11:28 - What is in Springfield then? Apart from the Simpsons. 1:15:39 - I think I need to invest in some really proper comfy pyjama bottoms. 1:17:29 - Abraham Lincoln is a bit bored of all the kid drama. 1:22:46 - She did bad things, why shouldn’t she get her comeuppance? 1:29:18 - Woah, those are some weird trousers she has on. 1:33:09 - She’s not going to become a good teacher now, too? 1:34:00 - Not a teacher, then.

Conclusions

Mr C and I differ so much on this film. He loved it and I pretty much hated it. There were some good moments in it. Some. I really quite liked the friend - although was disappointed in how mean Cameron D’s character was to her. I also adored the gym teacher, but didn’t think he should be attracted to a witch like her.

That was the real problem. She was a terrible character with no redeeming features at all. She didn’t deserve the luck that went her way, she manipulated everyone around her, and still managed to get a happy ending. I thought it was interesting that there was no major moment of revelation to her - she didn’t suddenly realise she was a bad person and resolve to be good. It sort of happened gradually, if it happened at all. That was different, and probably, therefore, good.

Rating: 1/5

Rating: 1 / 5

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