BAD TEACHER (15)
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.