Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher is a 2011 Columbia Pictures comedy film about a middle school teacher that hates her job and desperately looks for “Mr. Right” to take care of her financially.  Bad Teacher was released in 2D only.

The film stars Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch, and John Michael Higgins.

The music is written and composed by Michael Andrews.

The film is written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg.

The film is produced by Columbia Pictures and Mosaic Media Group (as Mosaic).  It is distributed by Columbia Pictures.

Bad Teacher is directed by Jake Kasdan.

Bad Teacher was everything that I expected it to be: crude, vulgar, and extremely funny.  This is the third R-rated comedy to come out this summer, and it is the second best of the three…the other two being Universal and Apatow‘s Bridesmaids and Warner Bros.The Hangover Part II.

Everyone in the cast did a wonderful job bringing the funny in this movie.  A special mention has to go to Cameron Diaz (who I personally do not like in any movie).  If she did more movies like this, I would not hate her nearly as much.  Any time I see she is in a movie, a dark cloud seems to just hover over me.  I have the same reaction to Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon.  Up to this point, I really never understood why she was still getting work.  She can’t act.  She’s not very good-looking.  And there are better actresses that can do what she does now.  However, in Bad Teacher she totally won me over.  Bringing in seasoned comedy veterans like Jason Segel and John Michael Higgins was just a stroke of genius.  The cherry on top had to be Justin Timberlake.  He is always a joy to watch on screen.  He always seems to have so much fun no matter what he is doing.  All of these people put together just made for comedy fun.

The story of the film is something we have seen before, but not for a long time.  It really reminded me of Paramount‘s The Bad News Bears in how Miss Hasley would treat her students.  And if there’s a way into my heart with a movie, it’s violence against kids.  That’s always fun to watch.

The runtime on Bad Teacher was played very well.  Tapping out at a mere 92 minutes, the movie just flows right along with no real slow points.  Lately, comedies have been feeling the need to become 2 hour+ movies, and most of the time, that is just way too long.

On a bad note however, is Lucy Punch.  I know a lot of people (including members of The Fandom Menace) really liked her performance in the movie, but personally did not care for her in the role.  To me, she felt like she was trying too hard to be that “perfect” teacher in movies like this, instead of just being the perfect teacher.  I know people will disagree with me, but she just rubbed me the wrong way.  Didn’t really care for her.  Also, as a personal thing, I was hoping for something more from Timblerlake’s character.  I just don’t feel like we got enough of him, even though he was in the whole movie.

Overall though, Bad Teacher is a fun movie with a lot of laughs that is definitely worth a watch.

a 7 out of 10

(release date: 24 June 2011)

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~ by Matt Whitfield on July 17, 2011.

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