Bad Teacher
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  • Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher

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Director: Jake Kasdan

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

     
 

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A booze-swilling, pot-smoking, hard-swearing seventh-grade teacher rallies to get out of the classroom for good by wrangling a rich substitute teacher into marriage in this comedy from director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story). Cynical teacher Elizabeth (See more details below

Overview

A booze-swilling, pot-smoking, hard-swearing seventh-grade teacher rallies to get out of the classroom for good by wrangling a rich substitute teacher into marriage in this comedy from director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story). Cynical teacher Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) hates her job. She can't wait for the day she finds a man who makes enough cash to let her walk away from her life of middle-school misery, and when her fiancé cancels their wedding plans, her frantic search intensifies. Just when it starts to look like Elizabeth will have to muscle her way through another semester of skull-crushing hangovers, however, handsome substitute Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) shows up at school sporting a fancy wristwatch and the promise of a care-free future. But in order to earn her meal ticket, Elizabeth will have to out-cute perky fellow teacher Amy (Lucy Punch). And it won't be easy, because Scott is crushing on Amy hard. Now, if Elizabeth can just motivate her students to study so that she can win a state contest to earn enough cash for some new breast implants, perhaps she can finally find a means of diverting Scott's gaze. Meanwhile, much to Elizabeth's chagrin, wisecracking, self-effacing gym teacher Russell (Jason Segel) refuses to admit defeat despite being turned down for a date by his gold-digging colleague time and again.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
If nothing else, Bad Teacher will no doubt go down in history as the first movie to exploit the full comic thrust of dry humping. Yet for all the deviance, rebellion, and devil-may-care attitude on display in this foul-mouthed comedy, screenwriters Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg's refusal to break from convention ultimately prevents the film from transcending the boundaries of traditional comedy. And though their predictable screenplay may not break any new ground cinematically, the talented ensemble cast still elevates the material enough to earn Bad Teacher a passing grade. Cynical teacher Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) hates her job. She can't wait for the day that she finds a man who makes enough cash to let her walk away from her life of middle-school misery, and when her fiancé cancels their wedding plans, her frantic search only intensifies. Just when it starts to look like Elizabeth will have to muscle her way through another semester of skull-crushing hangovers, however, handsome substitute Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) shows up at school sporting a fancy wristwatch and the promise of a care-free future. But in order to earn her meal ticket, Elizabeth will have to out-cute perky fellow teacher Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch). And it won't be easy, because Scott is crushing on Amy hard. Now, if Elizabeth can just motivate her students to study so that she can win a state contest to earn enough cash for some new breast implants, perhaps she can finally find a means of diverting Scott's gaze. Meanwhile, much to Elizabeth's chagrin, wisecracking, self-effacing gym teacher Russell Gettis (Jason Segel) refuses to admit defeat despite being turned down for a date by his gold-digging colleague time and again. No, Bad Teacher isn't a belated sequel to Terry Zwigoff's profane 2003 comedy Bad Santa, though in many respects it feels as if the screenplay may have been directly modeled on its gleefully rude predecessor. Ostensibly a one-note gag stretched out to feature length, Jake Kasdan's feature follow-up to Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story supplements the obvious centerpiece schtick (a dysfunctional adult leading a classroom full of innocent students) with enough running jokes, sight gags, and vulgar wordplay to smooth over some of the screenplay's rough edges. A veteran of the tragically short-lived comedy-drama sitcom Freaks and Geeks (which also featured Bad Teacher star Segel in a major role), Kasdan has a genuine talent for milking the comic potential from the mundane realities of day-to-day school life. And while Stupnitsky and Eisenberg can be hit (The Office) or miss (Year One) as a writing duo, here they manage to score laughs more often than not thanks to their strong penchant for playing on workplace stereotypes. The Office co-star Phyllis Smith scores big laughs as Elizabeth's insecure, easily influenced fellow teacher Lynn (who is sorely missed when the plot takes a detour for a school field trip); John Michael Higgins embodies the typical middle-school principal, oddball quirks and all; and even Freaks and Geeks veteran Dave Allen gets a few memorable beats as the mellow teacher with an endearingly lame sense of humor. The majority of a comedy's success always falls on the main players, though, and thankfully Diaz, Timberlake, Segel, and Punch are all up to the task. With memorable roles in Hot Fuzz and Dinner for Schmucks, Punch, in particular, has been on something of a winning streak that she maintains here by playing up Miss Squirrel's twitchy insecurity to maximum comic effect. Timberlake, meanwhile, delivers a few of Bad Teacher's most riotously funny moments as he sings an original love song to Miss Squirrel and proves you can still get the most out of sex without removing a stitch of clothing. It could almost stand as a metaphor for the film itself: though Kasdan and company seem reluctant to go all the way, they still go far enough that at least half of us are likely to walk away satisfied.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2011
UPC:
0043396387867
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
37,953

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cameron Diaz Elizabeth Halsey
Justin Timberlake Scott Delacorte
Jason Segel Russell Gettis
Lucy Punch Amy Squirrel
John Michael Higgins Principal Wally Snur
Molly Shannon Melody (Garretts' Mom)
David "Gruber" Allen Sandy Pinkus
Eric Stonestreet Kirk
Phyllis Smith Lynn Davies
Jillian Armenante Ms. Pavicic
Matthew J. Evans Garrett Tiara
Kaitlyn Dever Sasha Abernathy
Kathryn Newton Chase Rubin-Rossi
Igal Ben Yair Arkady
Aja Cheyenne Bair Devon (Chase's Friend)
Andra Nechita Gaby
Noah Munck Tristan
Finneas O'Connel Spencer
Finneas O'Connell Spencer
Daniel Castro Rodrigo (Acne Kid)
Adrian Kali Turner Shawn
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
Rick Overton Philip
Danny Trap Cowboy at Palace
Matt Besser Abraham Lincoln (Tour Guide)
Lee Eisenberg Blacksmith (Re-Enactor)
Bruno Gioiello Police Officer
Jordan Van Vranken Crying Girl

Technical Credits
Jake Kasdan Director,Executive Producer
Laurene Alvarado Makeup
Michael Andrews Score Composer
Andrew Cahn Art Director
Anya Colloff Casting
Carey Dietrich Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Lee Eisenberg Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Robin Fredriksz Makeup
David B. Householter Producer
Georgia Kacandes Executive Producer
Alar Kivilo Cinematographer
Melvin Mar Associate Producer
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Jimmy Miller Producer
Manish Raval Musical Direction/Supervision
M. Riley Associate Producer
Jefferson Sage Production Designer
Gene Stupnitsky Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Tara Timpone Editor
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Tom Wolfe Musical Direction/Supervision

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Deleted scenes; Outtakes; Way behind the scenes Jason adn Justin ; Raising more than funds; Blu-ray exclusives: ; Jams yearbook-hidden moments; Interactive yearbook featuring outtakes with the cast; 3 additional behind-the-scenes featurettes ; Gag reel ; Movie+sync

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