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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, her students, and her co-workers is forced to return to teaching to make enough money for breast implants after her wealthy fiancé dumps her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Pinkus (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Ms. Pavicic
Garrett Tiara
Chase Rubin-Rossi
Aja Bair ...
Devon (Chase's Friend) (as Aja Cheyenne Bair)


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 USA:

$31,603,106, 26 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,292,856, 9 October 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,197,492, 13 October 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Of the movies Elizabeth shows to her middle school class, two of them are rated "R": Dangerous Minds (1995) and Scream (1996). See more »


When Halsey draws a circle around the celebrity's breasts in the magazine, she marks it with a star. In the next shot of the magazine, the star has disappeared, and now all three photos of breasts have been circled. See more »


Amy Squirrel: [as she is being dragged away] You can check my urine! CHECK MY URINE! CHECK MY URINE!
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I Can't Get Enough
Written by Robert Schwartzman
Performed by Rooney
Courtesy of Rooney Records
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Politically Incorrect, Brainless but Hilarious
11 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

The gold digger Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) quits her job as a teacher at the JAM High School expecting to marry her wealthy fiancé. However, he calls off their engagement and Elizabeth returns to the school.

Elizabeth is reckless, incompetent, pothead and does not give any attention to the students and her coworkers, and she shows movies to her students along the classes. The envious teacher Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch) hates Elizabeth and they are estranged to each other.

When Elizabeth meets the substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), she discovers that he is very rich and she flirts with him. Further, she learns that Scott likes big breasts and she decides to have a surgery of silicone-implant. She needs to raise US$ 10,000.00 for the breast-implant, and she learns that the teacher that gets the best scores in the state exam would receive US$ 5,700.00 bonus. Elizabeth changes her attitude and teaches her students to prepare them for the exams. However, Elizabeth uses an unethical means to win the competition and Amy seeks evidences to prove that Elizabeth has cheated the exams.

"Bad Teacher" is a politically incorrect, brainless but very hilarious film. Cameron Diaz performs the most awful teacher of cinema history, the opposite of Sidney Poitier in "To Sir with Love"; Edward James Olmos in "Stand and Deliver" or Michelle Pfeiffer in "Dangerous Minds". Elizabeth Halsey is a slut, pothead, reckless, gold digger, corrupter, cheater, blackmailer and everything that is not good. But I Laughed a lot with this forgettable film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Professora sem Classe" ("Teacher without Class")

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