If I stuck to the old adage “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” about the movie “Bad Teacher,” I would not be writing this review.
To start with, I’m not that picky of a movie-goer. Usually, if I am sufficiently entertained, a film has done its part. I even sort of liked “Green Lantern,” and had some nice things to say about it, after all. However, “Bad Teacher” is a film in a class all by itself and if I had to vote it as the worse movie of the summer, I probably would.
Cameron Diaz stars as a … well… bad teacher. She smokes weed and only shows films to her students in class and is pretty much the lowest of the low kind of person we can imagine. Why her character is a teacher is beyond me and how she got there is even more perplexing: how did she manage to even get through a teaching degree? It’s just not believable, even as cute as Diaz tries to make it.
To sum up this film, it’s about a woman who’s just been dumped, so she wants to con the school and its students to earn enough money to get a boob job in order to attract another rich man. But this isn’t really a plot per se, and I’ll go so far as to say that this film doesn’t really have one.
Yes, Justin Timberlake co-stars as a sort-of, but not really romantic interest, along with Jason Siegel. But this is not a romantic comedy or if it was intended to be, it fails. And these two guys should have been funny, but were not. Even they fail in this horrible train wreck of a film.
Suffice it to say, as a comedy, it had very little to offer.
What this film is, though, is raunchy. But it’s only raunchy for the sake of being raunchy. None of the extremely vulgar dialogue was actually funny. Shocking, maybe. But funny? Not really.
I also thought that Diaz was miscast. This was obviously a role for a younger actress. But with Diaz playing the role of the ne’er do well “teacher,” the character seems even more unlikeable. You find that you really don’t care if the character gets run over by a truck or not (which isn’t in the plot but might have made it more interesting). In the end, though, there is no character development or growth and the film goes basically nowhere.
This movie came recommended by the 15-year-old old boy working at the movie ticket counter. He said it was the funniest thing ever. I don’t know if he was serious or sarcastic, but my guess is that his answer had something to do with a scene of Cameron Diaz barely dressed washing a car. In other words, don’t trust the opinion of a 15-year-old boy when it comes to movies.
In the end, I can make the following recommendation: Don’t see this film. Because it’s not just about a bad teacher. It’s also about bad movie-making.