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Movie Review: Bad Teacher
by adammoviereviews,posted Jun 24 2011 11:07AM
Rated R â€“ 1h32
There are a few truths that I hold to be self-evident. Peanut M&Ms will always be better than Plain M&Ms. Traffic will always jam up on the beltline between 7-8am and 3:30-5:30pm. Cameron Diaz talking like a truck driver is always better than Diaz in a romantic comedy. For some reason, Diaz playing a foul mouthed, cynic also seems a more natural fit for her.
While there are moments that had the potential for fantastic raunchy comedy, they are matched with just as many weak plot points.
There are a couple subplots of Miss Halsey inappropriately trying to raise money for breast implants, a romantic storyline involving one of the students and Diaz wooing a fellow teacher, but none of it goes anywhere. A rivalry between Elizabeth and a goodie-two-shoes teacher is what feeds most of the story and I think thatâ€™s where the focus should have been.
It was impossible for me to separate the attempt to mirror Bad Santa. In that story, Billy Bob Thornton is a disgusting human being because it feeds his criminal behavior. Here, Diaz is just a slacker who wants the easy road to riches. I guess if she worked harder at being terrible, that would be a good thing.
While itâ€™s hard not to focus on Diaz, the supporting male roles did entertain me. Iâ€™ve been a fan of Jason Segel for a while. He plays the Gym Teacher at the school who is just as attracted to Elizabethâ€™s bad characteristics as her good ones. The regular guy who is 20% sleaze-ball, is the character I like to see him play. Justin Timberlake plays a light-headed substitute teacher like heâ€™s playing in a sketch on Saturday Night Live. Heâ€™s well aware that heâ€™s being goofy.
Loving the anti-hero is no crime. Theyâ€™re sometimes more attractive. Diaz is certainly attractive. As Jimmy Buffett says â€œIâ€™ve read dozens of books about heroes and crooks and learned much from both of their styles. â€œ
Bad Teacher needed more to it. Maybe more tequila.