Bad Teacher, Worse Movie
Release Date: June 24, 2011
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch,
Jason Segel, Justin
Timberlake, Phyllis Smith,
John Michael Higgins
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Jake Kasdan
Executive Producer: Georgia Kacandes
Producer: Jimmy Miller
Writer: Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg
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Elizabeth Halsey’s life is falling apart. Her rich fiance has broken off their engagement, and Elizabeth has lost her meal ticket. Shallow and self-indulgent, Elizabeth decides the only way to get a rich, well-to-do man to notice her is to get breast implants. So, in order to pay for her new look, Elisabeth returns to a loathsome job she left last year: teaching at John Adams Middle School (JAMS, for short).
Elizabeth decides to pursue the the goofy substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake) after she learns his family is rich, while avoiding the romantic advances of the gym teacher (Jason Segel) because he’s poor. She must also navigate her way through a competitive relationship with her “across-the-hall buddy,” fellow teacher, Mrs. Squirrel, who seems to be both suspicious and jealous of Elizabeth’s teaching techniques.
On a critical level, BAD TEACHER is simply a bad movie. It’s poorly made, poorly directed, poorly acted, and poorly written. Character motivations and transformations are short-changed to make room for raunchy and racy humor. The story is an incoherent mess, and the performances are mediocre, at best. The writing team, the co-executive producers of TV’s THE OFFICE, are unable to make the transition between the wit and satire of their critically acclaimed TV show to the big screen. The movie is really bad, and really raunchy, from start to finish.
The content of BAD TEACHER is deplorable. It contains an obscene amount of graphic sexual dialogue and raunchy sexual jokes, including a lot of nudity. There’s also a lot of foul language, miscellaneous immorality and depicted drug and alcohol use, including abuses depicted in front of middle-school students. The movie has no redeeming character transitions either. No one is likeable, and none of them has a creatively satisfying character arc. The movie also portrays well-meaning, middle-school teachers as simpletons.
BAD TEACHER is an abhorrent, unacceptable movie that should be avoided by everyone, but especially media-wise families and their children, whatever their ages.
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On a critical level, BAD TEACHER is simply a bad movie. It’s poorly made, poorly directed, poorly acted, and poorly written. Character and plot are thrown away simply to get to the movie’s abundantly raunchy humor. The content in BAD TEACHER is abhorrent. It contains an obscene amount of crudity, foul language, substance abuse, innuendo, plus some explicit nudity. BAD TEACHER is deplorable in nearly every way.