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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)
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>

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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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Did You Know?


In the bar scene, the lead singer in the band Period Five is Dave Allen. He was also the lead singer in the band Feedback that Jason Segel and friends went to see in Freaks and Geeks (1999). 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 »


Lynn Davies: I love how his eyes sparkle.
Elizabeth Halsey: I want to sit on his face.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


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Written by Robert Schwartzman
Performed by Rooney
Courtesy of Rooney Records
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Crass, bad and wonderfully wicked!
6 May 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was brought down 30 years to a besotted teenager again, as 'hottie' Cameron Diaz becomes every pubescent boy's dream teacher and she's bad. Bad at almost everything, for that matter!

Very much like Billy Bob Thornton's "Bad Santa", this is an adult post- pub late evening grubby comedy that is boisterously and often raucously funny. Especially when seen in a group of those of similar gender and outlook.

Yes, every cliché is explored and exploited and by far the funniest bits are when the pot-smoking, dangerously driving and self-centred egotist Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) is doing just that. Her out-and-out quest to finance bigger boobs surgery simply to net a wealthier and more financially sustaining husband and the way she bulldozes her way over and through everything and everyone is gloriously OTT and very entertaining.

What don't work, though, are the romantic elements, which if anything, detract rather than add to the movie. Bad Teacher only loves herself, let's leave it at that. Justin Timberlake, as the suitor on her radar looks rather stupid and awkward and the gym teacher whose advances she continuously declines, Jason Segel just looks too creepily inadequate for her personality to persuade us that 'that's ever gonna happen'.

Brit Lucy Punch is very funny/annoying (depending on personal choice) as another teacher with, shall we say, some very odd personal afflictions as well as teaching ones.

There is some very strong language and toilet "humour", which I've long realised is an essential part to any US comedy these days (& which I'd rather do without, thankyou!). There are some sexy scenes too - check out the car-wash antics, with Diaz posing those 1970's pin-up poses (spray, lying over the car's bonnet, you know the sort of thing).

Bad Teacher could easily slip into 2/10 or 8/10, depending on how you like your humour. Somehow, I feel I should give it 5/10,but I enjoyed it a lot for the most part and thus have gone for between 6.5 and 7.

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