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Bad Teacher (2011)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Aja Bair ... Devon (Chase's Friend) (as Aja Cheyenne Bair)
Andra Nechita ... Gaby
Noah Munck ... Tristan
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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>

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Taglines:

She doesn't give an "F."

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malas enseñanzas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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| (unrated)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Rainbow in the Dark
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Politically Incorrect, Brainless but Hilarious
11 January 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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