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Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher

2011
Comedy
1h 32m
Cameron Diaz stars as Elizabeth Halsey, a scheming and coarse-tongued middle school teacher who gets dumped by her wealthy boyfriend and rebounds by sinking her claws into a handsome substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake). There's just one problem, though: He's already dating Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch), the most revered teacher on campus. And Ms. Squirrel is not at all eager to hand over her beau, who is slated to inherit his family's fortune.
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Bad Teacher

2011
Comedy
1h 32m
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Rated 28 Jun 2011
20
6th
Cameron Diaz plays a gold digging bitch who makes a horrible grade school teacher. She ignores her students, cheats test scores and smokes dope at school and ultimately escapes censure by framing an innocent rival teacher. She's completely unlikable, learns nothing via her experiences, and the only real humor comes from Diaz cursing like a trucker for most of the movie. I had more fun picking out the faces of lots of people who were much funnier in other things.
Rated 15 Sep 2011
68
20th
Over-reliant on wacky characters who are mostly underdeveloped, but it does have some funny moments. For such a crass comedy it plays a lot of things safe, which undermines the potential benefits of having an unlikeable lead.
Rated 19 Aug 2011
30
2nd
"Bad Teacher" is unfunny, insipidly written and sloppily directed and edited. It does obtain the occasional chuckle, but it leaves its comedically promising premise unexploited. Diaz does her best with the role of the teacher, who is neither bad enough to be funny nor good enough to make us care while the predictable, moralistic conclusion is just atrocious. It's all relatively pleasant though and definitely harmless (despite all the forced raunchiness) but not worth the price of admission.
Rated 11 Jul 2011
20
4th
I didn't laugh once. A sign of a very poor comedy. Only the presence of Jason Segel makes it bearable.
Rated 05 Aug 2011
5
0th
5pts for Segel doing some heavy-duty trolling. A facepalm for everything else
Rated 21 Aug 2011
40
25th
Okay performances, especially from Punch and Diaz, doesnt save Bad Teacher from being anything but another mediocre american comedy with more focus on getting as low a rating as possible ($$$$) and therefore, once again, gets a big fat F on the storyline, because they do not dare taking it all the way. And if she's so much in the need of money, why doesnt she just sell some of all the designer shit shes wearing?
Rated 24 Jun 2011
25
17th
I'm going to be generous and give five points for every single good thing in this movie: Jason Segel; Eric Stonestreet; Phylis Smith; The teachers' band covering a Shawn Mullins song and how much Lucy Punch resembles Nic Cage. Make no mistake, it's not good. Bad Teacher? More like Bad Film. And that's a better joke than 90% of the ones this film has to offer. If you even count them as jokes, which I consider a stretch. Someone please cast Segel in more & better films.
Rated 08 Dec 2011
50
47th
The dizzying incohesiveness of the plot (leaping from scene to scene with only a very loose, standard storyline as backbone) suggests this was either repeatedly raped by the producers or the writers just lazily strung a load of lame gags together and hoped for the best. I really wanna give this a lower rating but the guilty truth is I did chuckle a fair few times throughout, even if the potential for much darker humour is nowhere near realised. A very poor man's School of Rock.
Rated 09 Jul 2011
65
42nd
I'm conflicted, I didn't laugh once but I like the characters, but it wasn't that funny, but it was suppose to be since it's a comedy. Oh wait there was boobs. Jason Segel seems to get thicker every year like a tree. Comedy layer I guess, I dunno .
Rated 04 Jul 2011
74
36th
Given Diaz' love of crudity pretending & failing 2 b humor& a trailer that thinks hitting a fat kid in the face w/ a ball is the height of hilarity it's easy 4 potential viewers 2 assume they're paying 2 sit through the MTV Movie Awards. But it's surprisingly tolerable w/ a couple of laughs& a surprisingly plausible character arc toward relative warmth. Mostly though it's b/c Diaz, though clearly aging, spends the entire movie in various outfits designed 2 please (at least straight men anyway).
Rated 13 Nov 2011
41
11th
Another girls can be raunchy too comedy. The basic story is you can be a gold digging cooz and everything ends up perfectly fine. That being said there are some funny moments, just not enough of them. Lucy Punch is excellent.
Rated 05 Jul 2021
5
43rd
Though the whole generally shitty person/happy ending cliche is kind of annoying, this was fine, definitely not the worst of Diaz's career. She is entertaining in this, but isn't that likable, and her rivalry with Punch is actually pretty solid. The movie has it's moments of comedic relief, but often it does try to push the raunchy elements really far. However, it's passable, and a lot of notable side characters like JT, Segel, John Michael Higgins, etc. really lift this a bit.
Rated 19 Nov 2014
50
15th
"comedy"
Rated 06 Jul 2014
55
38th
jason segels hottest role in my opinion but i have a thing for teachers .
Rated 11 Aug 2011
65
52nd
Worth seeing because it has some funny moments. But nothing more.
Rated 17 Nov 2013
55
13th
Diaz and Segel are pretty good in it with Timberlake taking on a surprisingly funny role. Lots of dumb raunchy humour.
Rated 21 Oct 2011
99
90th
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Rated 16 Nov 2015
70
6th
It's fine when you're looking for raunchy humor with a mediocre plot, but otherwise is a fairly disappointing movie. I can count how many times I actually laughed, so it was a bit disappointing when you consider the great cast it had. Sadly, the cast just wasn't utilized in the best way, so this movie fell flat very frequently.
Rated 28 Jun 2012
65
25th
Simple time killer. You have seen all this before, but the uncensored version can be sometimes fun.
Rated 27 Jul 2012
40
31st
Bad Teacher is a good idea wasted before eventually almost being redeemed by its cast. The good idea was a terrible teacher having to figure out how to improve her life thanks to the students and staff surrounding her. It was wasted because I couldn't believe anything that went on. The cast was strong enough to almost make the film worth watching, and there were some scenes that made me chuckle. Diaz fans will definitely want to give it a watch, while those that aren't probably won't.
Rated 08 Mar 2013
81
67th
Very funny the whole way through.
Rated 02 Apr 2023
76
50th
Sort of gross-out, sort of “outrageous” comedy that still works in spite of a screenplay that can never decide on a consistent tone or build a rhythm, with a particularly awkward and unconvincing resolution for Diaz and Segel. The well-stacked cast of fine comedy performers manage to elevate the material they're given, especially Diaz's rare opportunity for droll dead-pan. The surprising number of belly laughs, and the cast’s good spirits, raise this to something beyond the sum of its parts.
Rated 09 Nov 2014
55
22nd
Serviceable and occasionally very funny. Put Lucy Punch in everything please.
Rated 02 Nov 2011
73
49th
funny movie but the best was when she was smoking weed in the parking lot.
Rated 04 May 2013
60
19th
Has some funny moments, and I really liked Jason Segal, Justin Timberlake, & Lucy Punch. Cameron Diaz does a good job, but her character is entirely unlikable, which for me is a big problem. If a character starts out as a terrible person, I want to see them change. It's not until the last 20 minutes of the movie that she finally does a good deed, but then she goes right back to lying & intimidation to ruin two peoples' lives.
Rated 28 Jun 2011
50
24th
Some funny parts, but also a lot just falls sort of flat. Felt pretty uninspired. Diaz is good, though.
Rated 11 Apr 2012
94
75th
strange weird but hilarious couldn't stop laughing
Rated 29 Aug 2011
60
14th
the worst Diaz film.
Rated 02 Jun 2013
60
47th
This movie reminded me that Cameron Diaz is pretty friggan hot. Haven't been reminded of that since The Mask. But still, not too good.
Rated 11 Jul 2018
70
11th
Didn't bore me to death. Though didn't made me laugh even once. I could write a better scenario than that. They tried to add philosophy in to the stuff but they just sucked.
Rated 12 Aug 2014
12
9th
The story and the main cast was awful. Well, except Lucy Punch sounded interesting. Shame that you can find her only form good for nothing comedies.
Rated 04 Jan 2015
24
19th
Moderately cute little comedy. I think some of the kids were quite good... the adults didn't do much and the plot wasn't great, but it wasn't too offensive and... I appreciated the happy ending.
Rated 09 Jul 2011
54
16th
It's unfortunate that the biggest laugh, for me, was right at the beginning (the part about if we lose Opera we're fucked). That was a great exchange. After that, there weren't a lot of laughs, but it was entertaining enough regardless.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
70
26th
I expected this movie to be truly, horribly bad, a complete and utter waste of time. Perhaps because of that, I was surprised to find it's fairly watchable.
Rated 11 Aug 2012
73
37th
I've never been a fan of Cameron Diaz and this movie really doesn't change that fact. The movie itself has some really funny parts in it. One of the things is how Diaz explains her break-up in a different way each time and how she only shows movies that involve school scenes to her kids like with the movie Scream where Henry Winkler gets stabbed in his office. The best two people in this movie were Justin Timberlake (so nerdy) and Jason Segel (so awesome). Otherwise just an ok comedy.
Rated 12 May 2016
27
12th
Cameron Diaz's character is pretty despicable, and not usually in a fun way. JT is out of place as well. It does have a few funny moments, though, and I'll never object to Jason Segel showing up in a film.
Rated 21 Apr 2012
90
84th
Hysterical, endearing, and genuinely enjoyable. Made me rethink my dislike of Cameron Diaz because for the first time, I think I understand her appeal.
Rated 11 Nov 2011
0
0th
so bad...
Rated 09 Mar 2014
38
15th
I was waiting for a laugh but I kept on waiting until the end of the film and still nothing really funny happenned. The characters annoyed me, the plot is flawed, predictable and at times uninteresting and this entire film doesn't really offer anything special.
Rated 07 Nov 2011
27
24th
#11#, popcorn, hype, story, Cameron D
Rated 23 Apr 2012
72
41st
The only thing that this movie has to offer is a a forty year old Cameron Diaz (who's still hot), and a couple less than sincere laughs on my part. I actually easily forgot that Segel and Timberlake were even in this movie, which is pretty strange because I have a man crush on Timberlake. It's not gay, I swear.
Rated 08 Mar 2014
40
1st
Awful film, the plot is all over the place. Sloppy, aimless writing throughout. None of the characters interact with each other in ways one would find interesting or want to see more of. Cameron Diaz lost whatever charisma she used to have, and has only a glamourous face and body to fall back on. Here's a pro tip: there was a German film out in 2013 called Fack Ju Gohte, copycat premise and cheesy too, but it was a fair bit more entertaining.
Rated 10 Sep 2011
25
11th
just an ok kinda movie... not to watch again and again
Rated 29 Jun 2011
40
24th
The trailer is everything you need. Luckily, it's a really good trailer. Not worth actual money though (be it DVD rental or cinema tickets)
Rated 07 Mar 2014
1
20th
It's a decent cast and looks like one of those kinds of comedies that'll be good-enough. It isn't though.
Rated 05 Aug 2011
1
11th
So stupid that's even bearable to watch. Segel as gym teacher was only real character who made me laugh.
Rated 05 Jul 2012
58
8th
A disillusioning aspect lingers in this shameless and facile Hollywood production. From the get-go it started off with an outright vulgarity, and then here and there you get a handful of shallow snickers. But it had a chance to insert a more exigent message utilizing satire on the deteriorating state of the U.S. education system. Instead unsurprisingly, it focused on the beguiling tactics that Halsey uses to fulfill her silicon fantasy. "Bad Teaceher": a cheap, vapid, mainstream kitch.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
64
41st
* Casting, Acting : 6 * Script : 6 * Directing, Aura : 6 * Ease of Viewing : 8 * Naked Eye : 6
Rated 20 Sep 2011
20
4th
not worth watching it. the ray of hope was jason segel.
Rated 18 Jul 2011
50
18th
Don't get me wrong, there were laughs. And "good enough" performances. But the characters were wooden, and never really changed course from their original singular overwhelming character trait (except Diaz towards the end, but this was superficial at best). Jason Segel was hands-down my favorite character. I just can't help but feel like this movie pales in comparison to others this year within the comedy genre, and as such, sorry, not good enough for me. See it only if you only watch comedies.
Rated 20 Jan 2016
70
5th
Kinda sorta entertaining.
Rated 30 Jan 2012
80
67th
This teacher is pretty bad, but harmless. I didn't really find myself too offended by Cameron Diaz's shenanigans. She's trashy and selfish, but I don't think her character caused the subject matter to get too dark. There's some pretty funny stuff in here. I would give special recognition to Lucy Punch. I think she did a great job with her character.
Rated 31 Jan 2014
62
32nd
Enjoyable celebrity acting mush. No real remarkable parts or features, just famous people doing very mildly funny things in a professionally lit and filmed environment. Even the weird and more out-there bits of comedy are super safe choices. Jake Kasdan seems to have a thing for assembling big casts and letting them phone in average material. Works for me!
Rated 18 Oct 2011
51
46th
Not a good movie, but consistently fairly funny.
Rated 26 Mar 2014
75
61st
At some point during this bad movie I was transported to another dimension and suddenly a throng of magical fairies starting dancing around my head singing horrible high-pitched tunes. After this the movie was not only a welcome distraction, but also became much more watchable and I laughed on several occasions. I believe it dry-humped the shit out of me.
Rated 02 Jan 2012
10
2nd
Mindless, unfunny drivel. Can't actually believe I watched this or that CD's career has fallen to these depths. Even my teenage kids thought it was shite.
Rated 03 Dec 2019
47
16th
Decent premise for a comedy, good cast and a number of characters that had comedic potential, but the script is terrible and wastes any promise the movie otherwise had. I will admit to laughing once but I can't even remember which scene which shows how forgettable this comedy is.
Rated 20 Jan 2012
50
15th
An altogether irritating movie, with a few snort laughs scattered here and there, while the gaps in between are filled with eye-rolling and watch-checking. Jason Segel and Lucy Punch stand-out as being the two non-shit parts of the film, with Cameron Diaz doing an admirable job given the source material, though the antics of Elizabeth Halsey failed to ever really elicit much reaction from me.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
74
39th
Simply enjoyed it for how unapologetic the main character gets portayed.
Rated 04 Aug 2011
60
57th
Funny romantic comedy, stronger than I thought it would be. Diaz is better than I was expecting and Timberlake is less bad than I was expecting. The characters are ... refreshingly different from the standard Hollywood romantic comedy characters we've come to expect.
Rated 26 Mar 2012
55
32nd
'Bad Teacher' just seemed as if it was trying way too hard from the on-set to be edgy and that remains true throughout. Yet, despite that and Halsey being in her most annoying self - I enjoyed it. This was mostly due to the funny supporting cast that all get their moments to save what little they have to work with. It does enough to get a few good laughs, but the plot's insistence that you pull for Liz does not work. She does not deserve any support and the last minute change of heart is cheap.
Rated 03 Nov 2011
15
2nd
Reprehensible main character that I'm supposed to like because they did one thing not awful after about 35 horrible things. People in the movies world don't care because she is apparently the hottest woman on the face of the planet and give her a pass. A few of the side characters gave me a chuckle, but this is an overall piece of shit.
Rated 16 Jul 2011
60
43rd
As a story it's a god damn mess, with all sorts of pacing issues & scenes that just pop up to deliver exposition because the story requires them. But as a comedy? I can't give it a bad review. It's black as hell and very funny. Segel is lovable as always, Diaz is great as an irredeemable bitch, Stonestreet is incedibly hilarious, and Punch shows a knack for subtle physical comedy in a role that doesn't give her much to shine with (other than her boobs). As timewasters go, you can do much worse.
Rated 06 Sep 2011
35
27th
It has its moments, but there's just no reason it should've ever been made.
Rated 28 Jun 2011
4
43rd
I can let this movie slide (higher than Criticker's projected PSI, anyway) on account of its wonderfully black and misanthropic heart. I love to see a comedy that's unapologetic about what a horrible person its protagonist is. Shades of Bad Santa.
Rated 19 Aug 2011
45
23rd
The cast is superb -- especially Lucy Punch, who is also beautiful --, but Jake can't keep the right tone in the second half, too bad.
Rated 27 Feb 2012
47
69th
Absolutely hilarious! But it's so true: teachers are just like that!
Rated 05 Mar 2012
17
2nd
Ha ha, yeah man, nerds suck! Finally a movie that isn't afraid to show how much it hates nerds!
Rated 29 Aug 2011
50
58th
It's the new Bad Santa!
Rated 06 Mar 2013
67
29th
ögretmen, okul, zengin avcisi, hirs, eyalet sinavi, araba yikamak (Elizabeth Halsey zorunluluktan ögretmenlik yapmaktadir. Sirtini dayadigi eski sevgilisinden ayrilinca yeni sene tekrar ögretmenlik yapmaya baslar. Bu arada zengin koca bulma calismalarina devam etmektedir. bunun icin gögüslerini büyütmesi gerektigine inanir. Ögretmenlik ise onun icin sadece bir para kazanma amacidir. Derste ögrencilere sürekli film izletmektedir. SP Amy adindaki ögretmenle icten içe süren bir mücadelesi vardir.)
Rated 27 Aug 2013
70
33rd
Definitely has some good laughs, but it makes you feel like a bad person for thinking it's funny.
Rated 07 Sep 2011
65
21st
a little mix of sexy comedy, and throw in a little feel-good factor, the kind of ingredients which would guarantee a watchable movie, but not an unforgettable movie. justin timberlake's character lacks depth.
Rated 03 May 2022
71
49th
I had heard good things about this movie and was excited to see it. While it was not bad, there were two major issues that prevented this from being great. The first was just how suddenly a narcissistic, possibly sociopathic character just magically reformed themselves in an instant. The second was that some of the jokes seemed to have great setups, but didn't really get a chance to play out. I'd suggest that a mini-series would work better, but apparently that was tried once before.
Rated 26 Jun 2011
57
32nd
I went in with basement level expectations, and came out pleasantly surprised. This flick is essentially Bad Santa with a chick for the lead, but Cameron Diaz doesn't have the capability to do it like Thornton. Jason Segel steals every scene he's in, and is easily the best part of the movie. I give the film credit for not sticking to the exact same formulas that most do, but it is a pretty generic raunchy comedy overall.
Rated 12 Jan 2013
40
9th
Can I have back that two hours? Look, I understand movies where the protagonist is unlikable - but I detested Cameron DIaz's character and everyone else in it is moronic and too forgiving. Just skip this dreck.
Rated 01 Sep 2012
0
6th
Ugh. I thought the filmmakers would at least TRY to make it entertaining. Diaz gets points for trying to make the most out of it but this has none of the misanthropic pleasures or depths of other 'behaving badly' popcorn flicks ('Bad Santa, Young Adult'). Just empty studio schlock made for a cheap buck complete with awkward editing, painful mugging to the camera and desperate attempts to be 'outrageous' and relevant. Skip it.
Rated 08 Aug 2011
46
17th
Undeniably bad but there are a few good moments.
Rated 20 Oct 2011
15
21st
"Vainly strives for outrageousness via dry-humping, nude-pic blackmail scams, and desperate cracks about blacks, Jews, and "Orientals."" - Nick Schager
Rated 08 Jul 2011
60
14th
Mediocre comedy that you might stick on in the background while doing something else. You would still grasp the main parts without having to lift your head up too much.
Rated 11 Jul 2011
45
25th
Passes the time.
Rated 20 Apr 2012
20
11th
Not the worst movie of the year, but damn close. Justin is terrible in this and Diaz is too unlikeable to be a main character.
Rated 13 Dec 2011
79
77th
This is a funny black comedy. Cameron Diaz is well suited for the lead role and the supporting cast has some very funny moments. If you are looking for a laugh then you should check out this comedy.
Rated 01 Jul 2011
1
0th
Kasdan and company miss the opportunity to connect Elizabeth's venality to the greed and materialism that her pop consumer students absorb daily.
Rated 06 Jan 2014
5
18th
Not to be taken seriously. This film has no point or purpose but it does provide a few laughs.
Rated 30 Nov 2012
40
13th
From time to time, Bad Teacher gestures vaguely at the movie it could have been. Diaz slouches and snarls effectively through the early scenes. It isn't till we realize her redemption will be unsatisfying that the character starts to curdle.
Rated 01 Oct 2011
20
2nd
Had the movie been focused more Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel it might not have been this bad. Over all a unbearable to watch.
Rated 21 Feb 2014
55
37th
utterly baffling.the romance between diaz and segel is actually kinda cute which adds to how baffling this movie is. baffling
Rated 28 Feb 2012
54
47th
I guess this movie is about redemption, but it's really about doing whatever you want, recklessly, and everything turning out for the best. You know, a story for the kids.
Rated 02 Oct 2011
20
13th
Bad movie
Rated 24 Mar 2012
53
4th
Not so funny. Diaz isn't actually bad here, and that's coming from someone who isn't usually so impressed by her. Even Punch and Segel were fine, it's the script that drags this all the way down to a very low GPA. I didn't at all like the message or conveyed. The humor doesn't work because the film doesn't seem to take risks or use its premise to its full advantage. Skip it.
Rated 15 Apr 2012
54
9th
Jason Segel is charming, Cameron Diaz not so much...
Rated 20 Aug 2011
60
36th
Enjoyable, but no laughs.
Rated 28 Aug 2011
40
28th
Cameron Diaz as a bad girl. Try as she might, but she is not cut out for such a role. And wtf was that dry humping scene? All in all it has its funny moments, but nothing to write home about.
Rated 05 Feb 2012
17
77th
Teach is the only occupation that can work 3 days a week, 5 hours a day, for half a year, and still be respected. And Elizabeth Halsey knows it!
Rated 11 Sep 2011
70
26th
Bad Teacher is not a bad movie, nor is it the best comedy released this year. It is enjoyable comedy, but nothing that will make a lasting impression. Jason Segel is jokes, and he is the best part of the film. I did not care for anyone else in the movie, they all seemed lackluster and cashing in for a nice paycheck. Segel is legit one of the funniest men working today in comedy.
Rated 04 Jul 2011
50
16th
This comedy doesn't even seem to be trying to be funny half the time.
Rated 07 Aug 2011
79
45th
This movie is an example of the good thing about having low expectations.
Rated 26 Jun 2011
100
51st
very funny 10 out of 10
Rated 01 May 2012
63
35th
It is funny, which is what a comedy should be. Whilst Diaz is having good fun in the role, I feel they softened the character and didn't allow for true blackness of the soul to come out. For all it's faults, Bad Santa managed that better. Still, it's very watchable with some good gags and ticks along well enough. Screenplay could have used another go-over or two.
Rated 17 May 2013
74
35th
What can I say? I really enjoyed it, despite its poor reputation. Oh, sure, in the Bad stakes it's no Santa, but I got a lot of laughs out of the excellent cast and amusing dialogue.

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