1 hour, 29 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
Cameron Diaz ... Elizabeth Halsey
Lucy Punch ...
Jason Segel ...
Justin Timberlake ...
Phyllis Smith ...
John Michael Higgins ...
Principal Wally Snur
| Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) has only worked one year as a seventh grade English
teacher. She drinks
in class, smokes pot in her car, shows movies to her students while she
sleeps, writes curse words on test papers, pushes people around, and
acts sweet only when she wants something. She "skates by, doing the bare minimum" is how chirpy,
passive-aggressive social studies teacher Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch)
describes her, but now she's about to marry into money. But when her fiancé breaks up with her, Elizabeth has no choice but to begrudgingly return to her job at John
Adams Middle School.
Her new plan of attack to snag a man is to save
up ten thousand dollars for breast implants, and she's
willing to do whatever it takes to get them. She steals money from a car
wash fundraiser. She convinces parents to write her checks under the
guise of being the children's after-school tutor. She plots to steal the
standardized test forms so her class will get the highest scores in the
school and win her a big bonus.
While consistently turning down the
advances of earnest gym teacher Russell Gettis (Jason Segel), Elizabeth
sets her sights on wooing daft substitute Scott Delacorte (Justin
Timberlake), once she learns he's the heir to a watch-making dynasty.
Meanwhile, Ms. Squirrel knows all too well what her across-the-hall mate
is up to, making it a personal mission to expose her misdeeds.
Director Jake Kasdan ("Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story") has a flair for comedy, and his know-how at least allows Bad Teacher to produce a
handful of laughs. All the same, the outcome is uneven, not nearly as
raucous as it should be or was no doubt intended.