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Bad Teacher 2011

A comedy centred around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague- a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.

Starring:
Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Jake Kasdan
Starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch
Supporting actors Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Phyllis Smith, John Michael Higgins, Dave Allen, Jillian Armenante, Matthew J. Evans, Kaitlyn Dever, Kathryn Newton, Igal Ben Yair, Aja Bair, Andra Nechita, Noah Munck, Finneas O'Connell, Daniel Castro, Adrian Kali Turner, Eric Stonestreet, Thomas Lennon
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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.
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By The Guardian TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of a school teacher in charge of your children’s education who smokes dope, lies, steals, manipulates those around her, uses movies to babysit her class while she sleeps off a hangover every morning and is totally devoid of any sense of professional responsibility to her students, this film might not be for you.

The overriding conceit at the heart of ‘Bad Teacher’ is the idea that the audience will somehow look past the reprehensible moral bankruptcy at the core of the central character (played to perfection by Cameron Diaz) and root for her, because she’s good looking and has a few memorable one-liners so all can be forgiven. The character Diaz admittedly plays so well is dishonest, greedy, lazy, irresponsible, rude and utterly self-serving. She is educating your kids folks, and her manipulative, blackmailing ways win out for her in the end. This is funny, OK?

The film deserves two stars rather than one because, on a purely technical level, it works as a (very improbable) narrative and let’s face it, worse films have been made and released. The storyline is coherent and the editing snappy, the actors give their all, the script does have its moments, it’s watchable. But somehow it’s hard to get past the overall message the film leaves you with: if you’re a selfish, lying, dope-smoking, drunken, money-grubbing whore willing to blackmail and deceive all around you whilst having complete contempt for any kind of professional responsibility to your students and their futures, this is in some way admirable. You will win out over more honest and responsible people, and it’s hilarious.

No, it’s not.
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Format: Blu-ray
'Cameron Diaz' is a natural comic,and in this tongue -in-cheek adult-theme comedy, the lady 'sparkles'
She plays 'Elizabeth Halsey' who has her own brand of teaching, totaly inappropriate, the lady takes drugs, smokes, drinks,swears, and flaunts herself in an effort to replace the rich-guy that had just dumped her.
She runs several illegal scams at the school to raise enough cash for a
boob job.
A fellow teacher tries to expose 'Elizabeth's' short-comings to the school's head, 'Elizabeth' is allways one step ahead.
worth a spin.
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Format: DVD
DVD claims to be more explicit than the Theatrical release and I can believe that as there is lots of swearing including the 'C' word which I was surprised to hear an A Lister like Cameron Diaz say. That is part of the charm of this movie, the actors go for it a 100%. Cameron plays the slutty, manipulative, cruel, self centered, egotistical character with complete conviction never holding back for a second where others actors would be too concerned about there image to do such a thing. It reminded me of Tom Cruise in 'Magnolia', a actor dedicating 100% to doing the role regardless of their Hollywood star status. Same for Justin Timberlake replacing his cool and sexy image by playing a humiliating, embarrassing, complete idiot of a character and doing it so well he deserves round of applause. I like Jason Segal in this and Phyllis from the US Office too but both of them were not in the movie as much as they should have been. The kids are fun and the scenes between them and Diaz are brilliant like a crude version of 'School of Rock'. The plot is a bit messy with lots of unnecessary sub plots and the character arc is very obvious where it's heading but the surprises are what comes out of the actors mouths.
It was a lot better than I expected and it certainly has a lot of bite in the dialogue. Performances are strong and make this a pretty fun and constantly (pleasantly) shocking movie. Deleted scenes and gag reel are average and there is a small feature of cast and crew just saying how hot they find Diaz.
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