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Running Time:
1 hour, 29 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Cameron Diaz plays a foul-mouthed, self-absorbed, manipulative middle-school teacher in this sporadically funny comedy.

Additional Info:
Cameron Diaz ... Elizabeth Halsey
Lucy Punch ... Amy Squirrel
Jason Segel ... Russell Gettis
Justin Timberlake ... Scott Delacorte
Phyllis Smith ... Lynn Davies
John Michael Higgins ... Principal Wally Snur

Bad Teacher
Video/DVD. Title: Bad Teacher 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. 


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