I’m not a huge fan of Cameron Diaz, so it was with some trepidation that I approached her latest film, Bad Teacher. The trailer hadn’t been too bad and it did also feature Justin Timberlake who has been surprisingly good in recent films, so I opened my mind to enjoying a Diaz film.
Diaz plays the role of money grabbing school teacher Elizabeth. Elizabeth is the kind of teacher who doesn’t give a rats arse about her students, she’s just cruising along in her day job whilst she prepares to marry her millionaire fiancé. Trouble is, her fiancé’s mum figures her out and convincers her son to dump Elizabeth. Forced to go back to her job as a school teacher Elizabeth soon sets her eyes on the hot new temp teacher, who also seems to be worth a bit of money. Trouble is, she;s got competition from the goody-two-shoes teacher. That and she thinks her boobs are too small to attract his attention.
Yes, it’s that kind of film.
It’s a predictable downwards spiral from the get go, with low humour and predictable plot.
The one saving grace could have been Timberlake, but he’s playing the most bizarre role of his career, that just about gives his character less like-ability than Diaz’s Elizabeth.
This mildly funny teen comedy really lacks the punch it needs to elevate it above it’s also ran status.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read