Posted on 5/10/12 07:55 AM
Bad Teacher is about a bad teacher who is a bad teacher. That is mainly the substance.
And Cameron Diaz plays the bad teacher, and the director Jake Kasdan also makes sure to take advantage of focusing a lot on Miss Diaz's long lean legs (that certainly don't look bad for a 40 year olds) in short skirts.
*Elizabeth Halsey is gold digger, and proud of it. There's nothing she enjoys more than fooling around in her expensive convertible car, dissing her loser students, and wearing ridiculously short dresses and skirts. But her world fells down, when her rich fiancé breaks up with her because she wastes too much of his money. So on top of her agenda now, is to find a new rich guy to hook up, and the solution seems to be the new "hot" substitute teacher Scott Delacourt (Justin Timberlake) who is the inheritor of a huge clockwork business. The problem is only that she isn't the only one who's interested in Scott, but dorky teacher Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch) is as well. Another thing that Elizabeth Halsey is interested in, is making her class getting the best results, an achievement that would give her a certain amount of money, and make it possible for her to get huge fake boobs.
Jason Segel plays the sports teacher, who unmistakably has a crush on Elizabeth, and what's more shares her interest in smoking pot.*
It could have been funny, if everything weren't so exaggerated. It's too much of everything in it and the characters are just plain caricatures. It's obvious that it's main audience is 14 year old boys, who dream of a more controversial teacher then they already have. Way to juvenile for my taste. I don't even get the impression that neither the film makers nor the actors barely tried, everyone just seemed to rely on the "star cast". And as far as I know, they were right, since this didn't exactly turn out a flop, did it? Too bad....