Opening 23 Jun 2011
Writing credits: Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg
Principal actors: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Phyllis Smith
In Bad Teacher, directed by Jake Kasdan, the main character is Cameron Diaz, a great actress, which this film is not. Well, actually, she has also been capable of nonsense films like The Sweetest Thing, which was even worse than Bad Teacher. The screenplay is an insult to teachers.
Diaz plays a woman, Elizabeth Halsey, whose sole aim in life is finding a man to support her expensive habits. She decides that, having big tits, it will be not problem to find a suitable man, and she will go to any extreme to get her future enlarged. She is not evil, but worse, she just doesn’t care and shows no interest in anybody but herself. She uses drugs and sleeps her hangover off in class whiles showing films instead of teaching her students. The “good” teacher colleague, who says, referring to her students, “They learn from me as much as I learn from them” and appears to practice a very dedicated life as a teacher, unfortunately becomes a psycho by witnessing Elizabeth’s negative attitude towards teaching, witnessing Elizabeth steal money from her students and finding evidence of state exam fraud, amongst others. In the end Elizabeth will not only get away will it all, but she is promoted to student advisor so that she can set an example to future generations in that school.
In general, the funny moments were scarce; it is a big disappointment, sorry to say. (Amanda Watts)