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BAD TEACHER (15)

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Cameron Diaz stars in Bad Teacher ... but is it any good? Read our re­view.

Cameron Diaz, Ja­son Segel, Justin Tim­ber­lake, Lucy Punch, John Michael Hig­gins.

BAD Teacher wit­nesses the dev­as­ta­tion wrought by a hard-drink­ing, mon­ey­grab­bing har­lot, who is granted an op­por­tu­nity to mould the im­pres­sion­able minds of alien­ated youth. She schemes, plots and black­mails her way to stun­ning grades. It’s a moral­ity tale for our pow­er­driven times – suc­ceed at all costs. Alas, ef­fort counts for noth­ing with­out a mod­icum of in­tel­li­gence and wit, and this un-PC script is a clut­ter of mean­spir­ited barbs and in­nu­endo that leaves us to won­der if we’re in de­ten­tion and this film is the pun­ish­ment. El­iz­a­beth (Diaz) is a booze-ad­dled wreck, drain­ing her rich boyfriend dry un­til he fi­nally dumps her. So she re­luc­tantly re­turns to her teach­ing job at a high school and sets her sights on hand­some new teacher Scott Dela­corte (Tim­ber­lake) who is in a ro­mance with prim and proper teacher Amy Squir­rel (Punch). El­iz­a­beth is used to get­ting her own way and de­clares war on Amy. Bad Teacher is a nice idea poorly ex­e­cuted, un­der­pinned by too few laughs and a hero­ine whose self­ish es­capades leave us with­out a sin­gle drop of af­fec­tion. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, Sex, Vi­o­lence.

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