"Bad Teacher, Worse Movie"
BAD TEACHER is a raunchy, poorly made comedy about a selfish, pot-smoking woman named Elizabeth forced to take a job as a teacher at a local middle school in order to pay for breast enlargement surgery and improve her chances with rich men. The content in BAD TEACHER is deplorable and abhorrent, as is the quality.
BAD TEACHER is a raunchy, poorly made comedy about a selfish, pot-smoking woman named Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) forced to take a job as a teacher at a local middle school in order to pay for breast enlargement surgery and improve her chances with rich men.
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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(PaPaPa, Ro, Ho, B, APAP, LLL, V, SSS, NN, AA, DDD, MMM) Very strong pagan, hedonistic worldview with very immoral characters who don’t experience any kind of moral change except minor Romantic change of settling on an illicit lover based on personality instead of money or looks, several homosexual jokes and comments, and one character says “Thank God” but in a very casual way, plus a negative image of American life is portrayed; 59 obscenities, 10 profanities, one crude gesture, and crass humor as young boy in restroom passes very loud gas; violence includes middle-school bully throwing coleslaw on another student, one teacher pranks another by wiping a poison ivy leaf on her apple, and teacher throws dodge balls at middle-school students; strong sexual content includes strong and graphic sexual dialogue, jokes and innuendoes throughout movie, sexual gestures made by several characters, a joke about bestiality, at a school car wash a teacher washes cars in a sensual manner in front of parents while scantily clad in order to make more money, unmarried kissing, implied fornication, implied that a couple lives together out of wedlock, couple makes out and gropes each other in a graphic scene in which they are clothed but making sexual movements, several jokes about homosexual and lesbian sexual practices, woman gropes another woman’s nude breasts at the doctor’s office while trying to decide if she’s going to get implants, teacher gives middle school student her bra in order to help him become more popular in front of his friends; upper female nudity in multiple scenes, computer-generated images of upper female nudity as character decides what size breast implants she’s going to get, middle-school boy is caught with pornographic magazines by the principal and the graphic magazine covers are shown, middle-school’s pants are focused on while he is in a sexually aroused state, teacher is in sexy and sensual clothing throughout movie in order to visually seduce another man, rear male nudity and blackmail photos of a man who has been drugged and placed over his desk and a copy machine with no pants on; drunkenness depicted throughout and teacher hides booze in her desk and drinks during class in front of middle-school students; cigarette use depicted, marijuana and illegal drug use depicted throughout, major plot device revolves around one teacher framing another for drug possession, teachers smoke pot at middle-school functions, and student catches teacher smoking pot; and, lying, blackmail, threats, revenge, manipulation, jealousy, several racial jokes throughout the movie, well-meaning middle-school teachers are depicted as inane simpletons, and no redeeming content whatsoever.
BAD TEACHER stars Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth Halsey. Elizabeth’s life is falling apart. Her rich fiancé 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 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. Elizabeth decides to pursue the goofy substitute teacher after she learns his family is rich. Meanwhile, she avoids the romantic advances of the gym teacher because he’s poor. Elizabeth must navigate her way through a competitive relationship with a fellow teacher, Mrs. Squirrel, who’s both suspicious and jealous of Elizabeth.
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.