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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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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?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2008 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


The same exact shot of a student in Ms Squirrel's class is shown at two different times in the movie. However, this is used as a comical shot to show how this student feels about Ms. Squirrel's class. See more »


[the police find Elizabeth's drug stash in Amy's desk]
Amy Squirrel: Those aren't mine! That's not even my desk!
Elizabeth Halsey: [with fake sympathy] Don't worry, Amy. We'll get you the help you need.
Amy Squirrel: You MONSTER!
[goes for Elizabeth, only to be dragged off by the police]
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Referenced in Conan: Hell Hath No Cell Phone Reception (2011) See more »


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User Reviews

giving teachers a bad name
28 January 2012 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

This movie wasn't very good. First, there is not one character you can route for. The lead character, played by Diaz, is a foul mouthed,rude, lazy, pot head teacher. A teacher like her would be fired after the first week, but since this is Hollywood, she gets to keep her job. Basically, the whole movie is her sleeping in class, drinking in class, while she schemes too get the rich substitute teacher to fall for her. She gets the idea to raise money to get a boob job to snag him. So she steals from the school car wash and cheats to get a bonus. Definitely a BAD teacher.

FINAL VERDICT: a sad look at teachers, not really funny, don't watch it.

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