Bad Teacher

2011

Bad Teacher

Critics 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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36%

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User Ratings: 84,817
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Some teachers just don't give an F. For example, there's Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She's foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can't wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she's dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) - competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other. -- (C) Sony Pictures

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Cast

Cameron Diaz
as Elizabeth Halsey
Justin Timberlake
as Scott Delacorte
Jason Segel
as Russell Gettis
Lucy Punch
as Amy Squirrel
John Michael Higgins
as Principal Wally Snur
Molly Shannon
as Melody (Garrett's Mom)
Dave Allen
as Sandy Pinkus
Phyllis Smith
as Lynn Davies
Jillian Armenante
as Ms. Pavicic
Matthew J. Evans
as Garrett Tiara
Kaitlyn Dever
as Sasha Abernathy
Kathryn Newton
as Chase Rubin-Rossi
Aja Bair
as Devon (Chase's Friend)
Noah Munck
as Tristan
Daniel Castro (X)
as Rodrigo (Acne Kid)
Thomas Lennon
as Carl Halabi
Paul Bates
as School Superintendent
Jeff Judah
as Janitor
Stephanie Faracy
as Mrs. Pubich
David Paymer
as Doctor Vogel
Paul Feig
as Dad at Carwash
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Sasha's Mother
Melvin Mar
as Male Teacher (Bathroom)
Rose Abdoo
as School Secretary
Jerry Lambert
as Morgan's Dad
Jennifer Irwin
as Chase's Mom
David Doty
as Armando the Homeless Guy
Danny Trap
as Cowboy at Palace
Matt Besser
as Abraham Lincoln (Tour Guide)
Lee Eisenberg
as Blacksmith (Re-Enactor)
Bruno Gioiello
as Police Officer
Jordan Van Vranken
as Crying Girl
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Critic Reviews for Bad Teacher

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (44)

  • While a few of Diaz's scenes with Timberlake and his gift for the deadpan seem as if they're going to amount to something, the script's dialogue fails them.

    Jul 19, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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...

    Jul 8, 2011
  • 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.

    Jun 27, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A frustrating mix of smart flash and smirking impudence.

    Jun 27, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Hard to root for such a selfish lead, but "Bad Teacher" has just enough politically incorrect humor to warrant a grade of B.

    Jun 24, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2011 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Slate
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Audience Reviews for Bad Teacher

  • May 12, 2016
    Funny scenes but not really a good movie. But it's defiantly worth watching if it's on cable
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2015
    Bad Teacher is what we expect it to be, It's quite funny with an easy cast, Some adult humour and a story nobody really cares about, Bad Teacher does what it's supposed to do nothing more nothing less.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2012
    "Bad Teacher" starts with Principal Snur(John Michael Higgins) holding court over the annual end of year party for John Adams Middle School where he bids fond farewell to Elizabeth Halsey(Cameron Diaz), one of the teachers, who is getting married. However, she is back three months later, across the hall from Amy Squirrel(Lucy Punch), because the wedding fell through because it turns out she may have actually been in it for the money. While showing her students videos in class, Elizabeth sets her sights on Scott Delacorte(Justin Timberlake), the new substitute and heir to a family fortune. With such a potentially huge catch, she figures she is going to need larger bait and wants to get a boob job, even trying out a pair for a test drive, but lacks the funds or the credit. That does not mean she will not try, taking over the school car wash which instantly sends every seventh grader headlong into puberty prematurely. Like a lot of other movies, the mildly amusing "Bad Teacher" has no idea what to do with its anti-hero, failing to balance out her good and bad sides. While she is clearly smart and perceptive, we could have used a little backstory to explain how somebody whose sole ambition in life it is to marry a wealthy guy ends up teaching in a public school.(I could see private school due to all the rich parents, however.) Despite all of the adult material, the movie is not really that outrageous, especially considering how many videos I watched in 10th grade history(like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for example), thus explaining my gap in knowledge in European history. Even then, there are a few good jokes, but the one note performances and subpar direction certainly do little to help.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2012
    An inevitable, cop-out ending spoils whatever twisted fun this "subversive" mainstream comedy supplies in its earlier sections. Another odd problem is that the Cameron Diaz character's nemesis is sexier than Diaz is -- who do we root for? The comic talents of Justin Timberlake are wasted, beyond one amusing sex scene. And Jason Segel? Aging fast.
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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