Bad Teacher (2011)
Critic Consensus: In spite of a promising concept and a charmingly brazen performance from Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher is never as funny as it should be.
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Critic Reviews for Bad Teacher
I was wary going in, as I tend to be whenever a Hollywood movie announces through its advertising how "outrageous" it's going to be. The only outrageous thing about Bad Teacher is that director Jake Kasdan and two writers who earned an...
If you can see past the dismal sexual politics of "Bad Teacher," which I couldn't, you might applaud the gall of a film that expends so little effort in forcing us to like its central character.
A frustrating mix of smart flash and smirking impudence.
Hard to root for such a selfish lead, but "Bad Teacher" has just enough politically incorrect humor to warrant a grade of B.
If you're looking for a funny comedy about a cynical, hard-partying school teacher transformed by his students into a paragon of pedagogical awesomeness, skip Bad Teacher and go rent School of Rock instead.
Audience Reviews for Bad Teacher
Bad Teacher is almost exactly what it promised to be. While it's not the counterpart to Bad Santa or Bad Lieutenant, it definitely has that vibe at times. I was sort've surprised that it wasn't all that vulgar, but that became a strength at times. The ways they found to make Cameron Diaz's character mean and uncaring were creative to say the least. Kid friendly humor from Lucy Punch's Ms. Squirrel was so much more funny than it would've been with profanity. It delivers on having completely nutso characters doing terrible things and scarring children mentally. The main attraction here is obviously Cameron Diaz and her rockin body. She's incredibly talented when it comes to comedy and this has got to be one of my favorite performances from her period. She just seemed to know this character so well and knows exactly how to make situations funnier. What's really cool about Bad Teacher is that it has an ability to actually find meaning and purpose within the comedy. It actually has a lot to say about education, relationships and people in general. While it might not have you dying in your seat, I think it's a genuinely well made movie that will definitely be easy to watch again and still enjoy just as much.
To my unfortunate surprise, I found this film excruciating to watch, and terribly unfunny. With the exception of Justin Timberlake, I thought the acting was good and the story believable, but there was something missing here - mainly, the characters seemed really inconsistently written, to the point where, from scene to scene, I wasn't always sure I was still watching the same movie. I understand that we weren't supposed to like Cameron Diaz's, but midway through, the story seems to decide it does want us to root for her after all and changes in tone. Too bad. If this movie had really gone for it, it could've found Bad Santa territory.
They couldn't fine someone else to play the part of the Bad Teacher, I mean Camernon Diaz is way past her prime as an attractive high school teacher, more of a want to be attractive, but looking more like a washed up New Jersey Soccer Mom. This is not a kids movie by any means. Pretty trashy, but I rest assured that parents that let there kids watch the simsons will find nothing wrong with this film. 1 1/2 stars
Bad Teacher Quotes
|Sasha Abernathy:||No, I wanna run for President.|
|Elizabeth Halsey:||Keep saying shit like that you're gonna get punched|
|Elizabeth Halsey:||Keep saying shit like that you're gonna get punched.|
|Amy Squirrel:||Shut the front door!|
|Elizabeth:||You keep saying shit like that, and you're gonna get punched.|
|Lynn Davies:||Do you want to come see Period 5 play? It's the teacher band.|
|Elizabeth:||I'd rather get shot in the face.|