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To Miss With Love
on 15 June 2012
The `R' rated comedy is being produced by Hollywood at such a regular basis that you can almost set your watch by them. You can spot one a mile off; they contain copious amounts of adult language and usually star one of the Apatow pack. `Bad Teacher' is one such film, its Apatow alumni? Jason Segel, but he is not the star, this instead goes to Cameron Diaz whose vulgar comedy cannon goes from the sublime `There's Something About Mary', to the awful `The Sweetest Thing'. Whilst `Bad Teacher' can never reach the heights of `Mary', it is certainly not the worst comedy of recent years.
Diaz plays Elizabeth, a woman who wants to marry a rich man and could not care less about love - she also happens to be a teacher. The comedy is realised by the juxtaposition of a person who can't be bothered being a teacher. The film is at its best when Diaz is being her meanest in the school itself; lazing around, taking the credit from others. Diaz is solid as the lead, but it is the various support actors who steal the show; Lucy Punch as the goody two shoes/manic and Phyllis Smith as the only other teacher Elizabeth will hang around.
The problem with the film is that it is just not funny enough in places and the story follows the same contrived route as a hundred rom-coms, but with more swearing. By the time the mushy ending appears you realise that you enjoyed the film, but that it was about time it finished. Not a bad effort, but in no way stunning.
Like with so many comedies the HD is not really needed so BluRay is not a must. The extras are actually pretty sparse, but an amusing interview between Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel is worth a watch.