Bad Teacher

30 Jan

Bad Teacher | 2011 | Director: Jake Kasdan | Site | IMDB
Bad teacher is the story of Elizabeth Halsey, played by Cameron Diaz, who is an Junior High school teacher fresh from a cancelled engagement more or less just getting by in her life and work. She is only motivated by the idea a breast enlargement will solve all her problems. Thus she strings together a series of events to get to that goal. I must admit I did have rather low expectations for this movie and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of dark humor that ran through this film. The supporting characters played by Jason Segal, Lucy Punch (Cameron’s nemesis) and others really helped bring a slight ensemble feel to the film. This was not a great film but did offer a different story from what I was expecting. I anticipated the usual, character growth followed by some sort of redemption. While Elizabeth does slightly redeem herself each character shows their true colors from the very beginning only to have them amplified by the end of the film, which was refreshing.

This movie is a routine Cameron Diaz romantic comedy but was actually funny.  Diaz’s character wants to find a rich man to take care of her and until she finds him she is working as a junior high teacher.  Jason Segel, Phyllis Smith (The Office) and Justin Timberlake round out the cast to name a few.  There were a lot of amusing one-liners and Segel and Smith’s characters were my favorite.  The movie definitely had it’s over the top moments but also had several times where I was surprised by how much I was laughing.  This is a fun, light comedy but that is it.  Also, Diaz’s roommate is played by Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) and I would have enjoyed it if they expanded on his character more.

Bad Teacher Trailer


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