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Bad Teacher -- Foul-mouthed school teacher Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) sets her sights on a well-heeled new instructor (Timberlake) and concocts a scheme to win him over, though he has eyes for her more popular colleague (Punch).


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Writers (WGA):
Gene Stupnitsky (written by) &
Lee Eisenberg (written by)
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Release Date:
24 June 2011 (USA) See more »
She doesn't give an "F."
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cameron Diaz ... Elizabeth Halsey

Lucy Punch ... Amy Squirrel

Jason Segel ... Russell Gettis

Justin Timberlake ... Scott Delacorte

Phyllis Smith ... Lynn Davies

John Michael Higgins ... Principal Wally Snur

Dave Allen ... Sandy Pinkus (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)

Jillian Armenante ... Ms. Pavicic

Matthew J. Evans ... Garrett Tiara

Kaitlyn Dever ... Sasha Abernathy

Kathryn Newton ... Chase Rubin-Rossi

Igal Ben Yair ... Arkady

Aja Bair ... Devon (Chase's Friend) (as Aja Cheyenne Bair)
Andra Nechita ... Gaby

Noah Munck ... Tristan
Finneas O'Connell ... Spencer

Daniel Castro ... Rodrigo (Acne Kid)

Adrian Kali Turner ... Shawn

Eric Stonestreet ... Kirk

Thomas Lennon ... Carl Halabi

Paul Bates ... School Superintendent
Jeff Judah ... Janitor

Nat Faxon ... Mark

Stephanie Faracy ... Mrs. Pubich

David Paymer ... Doctor Vogel

Alanna Ubach ... Angela
Christine Smith ... Danni

Paul Feig ... Dad at Carwash

Deirdre Lovejoy ... Sasha's Mother
Melvin Mar ... Male Teacher (Bathroom)

Rose Abdoo ... School Secretary

Jerry Lambert ... Morgan's Dad

Jennifer Irwin ... Chase's Mom
Christopher Rockwell ... Chase's Dad
David Doty ... Armando the Homeless Guy

Molly Shannon ... Melody (Garrett's Mom)

Rick Overton ... Philip
Danny Trap ... Cowboy at Palace

Matt Besser ... Abraham Lincoln (Tour Guide)

Lee Eisenberg ... Blacksmith (Re-Enactor)

Bruno Gunn ... Police Officer (as Bruno Gioiello)

Jordan Van Vranken ... Crying Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Bernard ... Dancer in Cowboy Palace (uncredited)

Kadee Noel Brown ... Student in Elizabeth's Class (uncredited)
B.J. Bugert ... Student (uncredited)
Daniel Cohen ... Kid in Elizabeth's Classroom (uncredited)

Austin Michael Coleman ... 8th Grade Student (uncredited)

Noah Dahl ... Dim Looking Boy (uncredited)

Youlanda Davis ... Drama Teacher (uncredited)

Christina Gabrielle ... 8th Grade Student (uncredited)

Andy Scott Harris ... Flamboyant Boy (uncredited)

Jennifer Holloway ... Sheila (uncredited)

Dot-Marie Jones ... Pill-Providing Lady (uncredited)
Laurie Landry ... Ms. Landry (uncredited)
Christopher Mason ... Student (uncredited)
Lindsay McGrail ... Teacher at Party (uncredited)

Daniel Messier ... P.E. Teacher (uncredited)

Keith Middlebrook ... Mr. Vanderbilt (uncredited)
Scott Moran ... Johnny Walker Red (uncredited)
William Nero Jr. ... Student's brother (uncredited)
Sydney Sanchez ... Student (uncredited)

Ryan Seacrest ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bridget Shergalis ... Cara (uncredited)

Clara Soyoung ... Teacher (uncredited)

Victoria Strauss ... Student (uncredited)

Joanna Theobalds ... Nurse (uncredited)
Preston Thompson ... 8th Grader (uncredited)
J. Elvis Weinstein ... Bass Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Jake Kasdan 
Writing credits
Gene Stupnitsky (written by) &
Lee Eisenberg (written by)

Produced by
Carey Dietrich .... associate producer
Lee Eisenberg .... executive producer
David B. Householter .... producer (as David Householter)
Georgia Kacandes .... executive producer
Jake Kasdan .... executive producer
Melvin Mar .... associate producer
Jimmy Miller .... producer
M. Riley .... associate producer
Gene Stupnitsky .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Andrews 
Cinematography by
Alar Kivilo 
Film Editing by
Tara Timpone 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Production Design by
Jefferson Sage 
Art Direction by
Andrew Max Cahn 
Set Decoration by
Ronald R. Reiss 
Costume Design by
Debra McGuire 
Makeup Department
Laurene Alvarado .... makeup artist
Pierce Austin .... key hair stylist
Robin Fredriksz .... makeup artist: Ms. Diaz
Maggie Fung .... key makeup artist
Nina Paskowitz .... hair department head
Peter Robb-King .... makeup department head
Thomas Terhaar .... hairdresser
Lona Vigi .... hair stylist: Ms. Diaz
Soo-Jin Yoon .... hair stylist (as Soo Jin Yoon)
Production Management
Louise DeCordoba .... production supervisor
Georgia Kacandes .... unit production manager
Barrett J. Leigh .... production supervisor: additional photography
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Audrey Clark .... second second assistant director
Carey Dietrich .... first assistant director
Pamela Monroe .... second second assistant director: reshoots
Bill Purple .... second assistant director (as William Purple)
Steve Windle .... dga trainee
Art Department
Laine Abramson .... set buyer: additional photography
Ericka Bryce .... construction medic
Dannah Collins .... props
Gerald D'Onofrio .... sculptor
Vicki Dittemore .... set dresser
Jay Dupuy .... plaster department head
Carmine Goglia .... on set painter
Carmine Goglia .... stand-by painter
Michael A. Heath .... prop paperwork
Ari Jacobs .... art department coordinator
Ty Jones Jr. .... set dresser
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Bruce L. Luizzi .... leadman
Linda Luizzi .... set buyer
Vincent Luizzi .... set dresser gangboss
Michael Mikita Jr. .... paint supervisor
Michelle Millay .... key sculptor
Josue Rodriguez .... assistant property master
Joshua Sankar .... art pa
Chris Santini .... construction coordinator
Josh Sheppard .... storyboard artist
Andrew M. Siegel .... property master
Chad Simpson .... paint foreman
James E. Tocci .... set designer
Sound Department
Brendan Beebe .... boom operator
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound effects editor
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound effects editor
G.W. Brown .... dialogue editor
Greg Cosh .... sound utility
Anne Couk .... first assistant sound editor
Seth Gilbert .... music playback
Robert Grieve .... sound designer
Robert Grieve .... sound effects editor
Shaughnessy Hare .... foley editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Shawn Harper .... sound utility
Tateum Kohut .... re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... re-recording mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
Erik Karsen Puhm .... foley recordist
David M. Roberts .... boom operator
Joel Shryack .... supervising sound editor
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Paul Stula .... epk sound mixer
Special Effects by
Timothy Graham .... special effects technician
Timothy B. Graham .... special effects
Jane Kilkenny .... special effects technician
Edward Lozano .... special effects technician
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... special effects foreman (as Gene Rizzardi)
Arthur G. Schlosser .... snow effects technician
Visual Effects by
Mandy Arnold .... digital restoration artist
Jamie Dixon .... visual effects supervisor
Michelle Eisenreich .... visual effects producer: Hammerhead
Justin Jones .... compositor
Shira Mandel Kluger .... digital compositor (as Shira Mandel)
Richard Matsushita .... visual effects artist
Jesse Morrow .... visual effects artist
Greg Rodin .... imaging technician: Colorworks
Cat Rowe .... digital colorist assist
Kelli Barksdale .... stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (as Joe Bucaro)
Jessie Graff .... stunts
Malosi Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Matt Leonard .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunts
Brian Munce .... stunts
Kimberly Shannon Murphy .... stunts
K.T. Wiegman .... stunts
Thom Williams .... stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Marc C. Geschwind .... precision driver (uncredited)
Jessie Graff .... stunt double (uncredited)
Natalie M. Meyer .... stunt driving double: Cameron Diaz (uncredited)
Kimberly Shannon Murphy .... stunt double: Cameron Diaz (uncredited)
K.T. Wiegman .... stunt double (uncredited)
Thom Williams .... stunt double: Eric Stonestreet (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Buzzy Burwell .... lighting technician
Joseph V. Cicio .... camera operator: "b" camera
Anthony Cobbs .... camera operator: "c" camera
Louie DeMarco .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew Dumas .... assistant camera
Brent Egan .... second assistant camera
Jerardo Gomez .... rigging electric
Joseph Guerino .... best boy electric
Michael Herron .... digital video assist operator
David Hirschmann .... assistant camera
Tom Howard .... lighting technician
Jason Jensen .... first assistant camera
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Kenner .... key grip
Koji Kojima .... second assistant additional camera
Jeff Kunkel .... dolly grip
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer
Jean-Baptiste LeConte .... lamp operator: additional photography
Michael Martino .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Brian Minzlaff .... lighting technician
Tony Muller .... second assistant: "b" camera
Travis Panarisi .... rigging gaffer
Matthew A. Petrosky .... steadicam operator
Monty Rowan .... camera operator: "a" camera
George Santo Pietro .... dolly grip
Rick Thomas .... gaffer
Nicole Turegano .... camera loader
Christopher Warren .... assistant chief rigging gaffer
Scott Whitbread .... second assistant camera
Nick Zeigler .... electrician
Uta Briesewitz .... additional photographer (uncredited)
David Sammons .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Animation Department
Jeiko Soh .... animator: main title sequence
Casting Department
Lauren Cokeley .... extras casting
Tony Hobbs .... background casting
Juliet Seniff .... casting assistant
Wendy Washbrook .... extras casting: additional photography
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yulia Gershenzon .... costumer: Ms. Diaz
Meredith J. Giangrande .... wardrobe assistant
Catherine Hahn .... costumer
Jennifer Iizuka .... set costumer
Joseph T. Mastrolia .... costume supervisor
Katrina Mastrolia .... key costumer
Laura Neeff .... costumer
Editorial Department
Zahida Bacchus .... digital intermediate producer
Greg Curry .... colorist: dailies
John Dietrick .... second assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bethany Orlemann .... first assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
John Persichetti .... digital colorist
Douglas I. Schwartz .... post-production assistant (as Douglas Schwartz)
Reza Amidi .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Brian Gee .... dailies assist (uncredited)
Location Management
Chris Baugh .... location manager
Michael Betz .... key assistant location manager
Karin Dentamaro .... location assistant: Chicago
Ron Durham .... location scout: second unit: Springfield IL
Jeanie Farnam .... assistant location manager
Howie E. Kremer .... location production assistant (as Howie Kremer)
Ryan Neary .... key assistant location manager
Maria C. Roxas .... location manager: Chicago
Heather Sharpe .... location coordinator
Rony Shino .... key assistant location manager
Lauren Willdeboer .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... scoring mixer
Tom Calderaro .... conductor
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator
David Connor .... orchestrator
Stephen Kaye .... music consultant
Jonathan Leahy .... music coordinator
Manish Raval .... music editor
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Ronald J. Webb .... music editor
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor
Transportation Department
Alex E. Burns .... transportation
Craig Fehrman .... transportation coordinator
Jon Gustafsson .... transportation captain
Keenan Haight .... driver
Mel Langford .... transportation captain
Cecil McClain .... driver
Margo Hunt McKay .... driver (as Margo Hunt)
Anthony J. Mignano .... driver
Irv Press .... generator operator/driver
Brian Stackhouse .... driver
Other crew
Rhana Alhaid .... assistant: Mr. Miller
Jampier Arias .... second assistant accountant
Cynthia Blaise .... dialect coach
Susan Bliss .... post script services
Maï Boiron .... French translator
Catherine Burt .... assistant: Ms. Diaz
Unjoo Lee Byars .... main title producer
Selena Carrillo .... production coordinator
Amy Cohn .... unit publicist
Kyle Cooper .... title designer
Drew Maximillion Davis .... production assistant
Michelle A. De Mayo .... first assistant accountant
Manija Emran .... main titles designer
D.R. Farquharson .... project manager: Deluxe Digital Cinema
Kate Galbraith .... assistant production coordinator
Katy Galow .... set production assistant
Jillian Giacomini .... script supervisor
Tom Goodrich .... studio teacher
Tara Guckeen .... production secretary
Heinz Healey .... assistant: Mr. Miller
Henry Hobson .... main titles designer
Mark Hochman .... computer graphics /video playback supervisor
Jean Hodges .... food stylist
Nathan Kelly .... assistant to Ms. Kacandes
Amanda Klein .... second assistant accountant
Christopher Kusiak .... site rep
Melissa Voyagis Langham .... epk field producer (as Melissa Voyagis)
Jesse Lutz .... assistant: Ms. Diaz
Kristine Nadal .... accounting clerk
Rick Roesch .... payroll accountant
Jill Rosenblatt .... production accountant
Sean K. Russell .... production assistant
Courtney Schade .... post-production sound coordiator
Ebner Sobalvarro .... assistant: Mr. Householter
John Steckert .... production secretary
Tony Whitmore .... set medic
Chad Witt .... set production assistant
Keegan Zall .... crafts services
Jerome Zelle .... assistant craft service

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
92 min | 97 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Grading the students' papers, Miss Halsey marks Tristan's essay test as "Stupid point Misspelled" circling the word "layer" (which is lawyer without a W). However, she misses the more obviously misspelled word "lawer" (lawyer without a Y), and overlooks the use of "whose" instead of "who's".See more »
Elizabeth Halsey:[takes bite out of an apple] I thought the teachers were supposed to get the apples.
Amy Squirrel:Well I think the students teach me at least as much as I teach them. That's just something I say sometimes.
Elizabeth Halsey:Stupid.
[tosses apple at a recycle bin and misses]
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129 out of 212 people found the following review useful.
Let's hope they paid the actors more than the writers....., 24 June 2011
Author: diac228 ( from Orlando, Florida

Bad Teacher is a great concept that resulted in a style of humor like most of the Adult Swim cartoons you see today: When the jokes hit they hit well, but when they miss, they miss quite badly. The cast was delightful, but could only go so far with the material. As a matter of fact, it was the cast that saved the movie from being a total disaster by providing their comedic chops, their charm, and their good comic timing that you don't see enough of nowadays. Despite all that however, Bad teacher is a shiny apple with a few rotten parts.

Elizabeth Hasley (Cameron Diaz) is a foul-mouthed, bitter, and quite nasty teacher that is keeping the job only to pay the bills after her rich fiancée dumps her. Facing debt, aging, and loneliness, Elizabeth starts setting her sights on a boob job and on a new (rich) teacher (Justin Timberlake), whom has also captured the attention of a manipulative rival (Lucy Punch). The script was helmed by two veteran writers of The Office (Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg) as they use their non-television ratings boundaries to mix plenty of vulgar and raunchy humor with even some tidbits of cruel humor. Unfortunately, their lack of boundaries led to a mediocre script.

This film's biggest falters come in the form of the script. Despite the promise in the premise and the cast involved, the script was convoluted, and didn't have much structure until the second half. As a matter of fact, the film switches up the pace very unexpectedly when the next act approaches. Pretty much almost all the crude and vulgar humor failed to draw laughs, with one notable exception involving one of the odder "sex" scenes in recent memory. The movie was a great idea not exactly explored upon, and was full of smaller ideas that were not utilized. Many good smaller characters did not get enough time in the script; most notably the students, the gym teacher (Jason Segal) and the main character's roommate (Erik Stonestreet).

Despite the writing being a fickle mess, the cast was superb, from the small roles to the big ones. Cameron Diaz I can honestly say is one of the most underrated talents in Hollywood, because she rarely ever delivers a mediocre or weak performance. She has this aura, this energy that can save the worst of films (See: What Happens in Vegas) and it is no different here. Despite her smoking/drinking/vulgar/manipulative/cynical/cruel/superficial ways, we still secretly root for her to succeed in reaching her goal. Very few actresses can pull off this type of charm.

Lucy Punch, despite having a bit of questionable material, delivers as Diaz's rival. Jason Segal could have helped the movie a lot more if he was in it more often, as he delivered the laughs every time he was on-screen with his wit, sarcasm, and I-don't-care attitude. Television staples Phyllis Smith and Erik Stonestreet were hilarious in the far-too-few moments they were on-screen. The movie does indeed have its laughs, but the potential was so much greater considering all the talented actors involved.

Jake Kasdan as a director doesn't have much of a resume, but he does have the comedic chops and timing, and he proved this with the underrated Walk Hard. With Bad Teacher, he did not have as much good material to work with but could have still helped the movie if he had tightened the first third of the movie better. There was a lot more unnecessary fluff in the first half of the movie compared to the second half. Smaller plot lines were never resolved, certain jokes literally fell off without a punchline, and certain situations were brought up but never explored. Many concepts were also never explored: especially that of how shallow and shady we all become towards each other in the workforce.

Bottom Line: Bad Teacher was a great idea, poorly executed, but relentlessly saved by the energetic cast. This movie could have mixed the dark charm of Bad Santa with the subtle workforce ridiculousness humor of Office Space to become something very, very special. But neither style of humor was dwelled upon deep enough. The first half had its laughs, but was far too convoluted and was salvaged mainly because of the hilarity of Cameron Diaz. The movie definitely picks up later, but by then its too late, the potential was wasted. Either way, you will certainly laugh, you will remain entertained, but will also be bothered by what it could have been.

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