|Starring||Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, John Michael Higgins, Phyllis Smith|
|Release||24 JUN (US) 17 JUN (UK) Certificate 15|
It's a shame, because Diaz isn't bad per se, her character is just horribly written. A love interest? Really? Didn't we already establish that she's a horrible, man-eating gold-digger? How much of my heart should I invest in this relationship? I'M GOING ALL IN.
It's all rather unfortunate, because she's surrounded by far funnier characters. Lucy Punch is brilliant as the goody-goody teacher across the hall, Miss Squirrel. Punch has got this bizarre, mad-happy face that looks like it could suddenly turn vampire at any minute, which is great because she wears this horrendous pained smile throughout, like she's just waiting to explode with rage. (IMDB says her new movie is called Strippers Vs Werewolves, which sounds interesting).
Even Timberlake, who has developed a nasty habit of accidentally being ace in films, gets more laughs, even though he has a scene where he comes in his pants (LOL you can see the stain and everything LOL). He has a great scene where he discusses both his love and hate of slavery and sharks, which you'll probably have to see for yourself to understand. Naturally though, every part except for Diaz's is underwritten and short-changed come the movie's end.
Crass, charmless and not especially funny, Bad Teacher is like a school kid trying to be cool – it's a comedy that knows that it wants to shock and be outrageous, but thinks that farts, boners and hot girls occasionally saying 'fuck' is as edgy as it gets.