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Bad Teacher (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  24 June 2011 (USA)
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A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job and her students is forced to return to her job to make enough money for a boob job after her rich fiancé dumps her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Pinkus (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Devon (Chase's Friend) (as Aja Cheyenne Bair)
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When her wealthy fiancé breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She doesn't give an "F."



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Malas enseñanzas  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,603,106 (USA) (24 June 2011)


$100,292,856 (USA) (7 October 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the film, Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) is looking at a magazine spread of celebrity "red carpet" arrivals to decide what breasts she wants after her implants surgery. The photos are of Heather Graham (2010 Golden Globes); Katy Perry (2010 Vanity Fair); and Rose McGowan (2010 pre-Oscar dinner). In real life, Cameron Diaz also appeared on the red carpet at all three events. See more »


Elizabeth is seen collecting cans from the school in order to pay for breast implants. Illinois does not have existing container deposit laws, however, Elizabeth could have earned money through selling the cans for their aluminum value to a recycling center. See more »


Elizabeth Halsey: Did you know I walked in on him trying to fuck his dog? Peanut butter everywhere.
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Referenced in Nanoman: Korov'ya grust' (2014) See more »


Written by James Pierpont
Arranged by Uwe Busse and Karlheinz Rupprich
Performed by Die Flippers
Courtesy of Bellaphon Records
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Bad Apple
5 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

There is a certain energy in that movie. Especially at the beginning when Cameron Diaz seems invincible she has the time of her life (almost literally). There is a great sequence where she kinda falls down though which sets of the rest of the movie. Unfortunately even though it does make sense for her character, it does loose quite a bit of its pace from that point on.

Justin Timberlake is good in playing kind of against character and does not care about what people may think. Jason Segel is almost underused in this one and even Cameron Diaz did not really have that many great moments overall. And for a movie that tries to stay raunchy, it does even fail at combining that with the funny elements. While deliciously evil at times (and good), it also misses the point half of the time. Not really bad, but not that good either (I only watched the cinema release and not the extended cut)

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