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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.

Movie Info

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 fiancÚ, 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 Picturesmore
Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 18, 2011
Box Office: $100.3M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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 Mo...
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 Frien...
Noah Munck
as Tristan
Daniel Castro
as Rodrigo (Acne Kid)
Thomas Lennon
as Carl Halabi
Paul Bates
as School Superintenden...
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 (Bathro...
Rose Abdoo
as School Secretary
Jerry Lambert
as Morgan's Dad
Jennifer Irwin
as Chase's Mom
David Doty
as Armando the Homeless...
Danny Trap
as Cowboy at Palace
Matt Besser
as Abraham Lincoln (Tou...
Lee Eisenberg
as Blacksmith (Re-Enact...
Bruno Gioiello
as Police Officer
Jordan Van Vranken
as Crying Girl
Aja Cheyenne Bair
as Devon (Chase's Frien...
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News & Interviews for Bad Teacher

Critic Reviews for Bad Teacher

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (40)

Nice try, but Bad Teacher barely scrapes a pass.

Full Review… | March 14, 2016
Hot Press

Tries too hard, and seems inanely pleased with its own not very dirty jokes.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

[S]ucceeds due to the sheer determination of its towering lead performance... Diaz and her supporting cast routinely spin gold out of innocuous moments with blunt force dialogue delivery and physical determination.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

A raunchy unpleasant comedy that wastes its talented cast.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Cameron Diaz eats the screen up in Bad Teacher but can't withstand the enormously dim-witted script.

Full Review… | March 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

A raunchy comedy that promises, from its title to its casting, a "Bad Santa" riff on a sacred institution...But they don't deliver.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
Tribune News Service

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.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Bad Teacher Quotes

Sasha Abernathy: No, I wanna run for President.
Elizabeth Halsey: Keep saying shit like that you're gonna get punched.
– Submitted by James W (2 years ago)
Amy Squirrel: Shut the front door!
– Submitted by Zach C (3 years ago)
Elizabeth: You keep saying shit like that, and you're gonna get punched.
– Submitted by Lucie H (3 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Drew R (3 years ago)

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