Bad Teacher is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan based on a screenplay by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, and Jason Segel. The film was released in the United Kingdom on June 17 and in the United States and Canada on June 24, 2011.
Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a Chicago area teacher who curses at her students, consumes lots of alcohol and drugs, and only shows movies while she sleeps through class. She plans to quit teaching and marry her wealthy fiancé, but when he dumps her, she must resume her job as a teacher. She tries to win over substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), who is also wealthy. Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch), a dedicated teacher and colleague of Elizabeth's, also pursues Scott, while the school's gym teacher Russell Gettis (Jason Segel) makes advances on Elizabeth, which she rejects.
Elizabeth plans to get plastic surgery to enhance her breasts, but cannot afford the $10,000 procedure. To make matters worse, Scott admits that he has a crush on Amy, only viewing Elizabeth as a friend. Elizabeth attempts to raise money for the surgery by participating in her 7th grade class car wash in provocative clothing and by manipulating parents to give her money for more school supplies and tutoring, but her efforts are not enough.
She later learns that the teacher of the class with the highest test scores on the state test will receive a hefty bonus. With this knowledge, Elizabeth decides to change her style of teaching, forcing the class to study intensely for the upcoming test. However, the change is not enough and the students have low scores on their quizzes, frustrating her even more. Meanwhile, she befriends Russell the gym teacher, and Amy and Scott start dating.
Elizabeth decides to steal the answers for the state test by impersonating a journalist and interviewing Carl Halabi, who is in charge of the exam. Carl explains he cannot give her the exam due to protocol, and Elizabeth resorts to seducing him, drugging him in his office and stealing the test herself. She also takes nude pictures of him as insurance in case she gets caught. A month later, Elizabeth wins the bonus and pays for the appointment to get her breasts enlarged.
Elizabeth learns that Amy and Scott will be chaperoning an upcoming field trip, so she rubs poison ivy on an apple and leaves it on Amy's desk. Amy gets poison ivy all over her face and Elizabeth replaces her as a chaperone. On the field trip, Elizabeth seduces Scott. They have sex with their clothes on, and Amy finds out because Elizabeth "accidentally" calls her phone during the encounter. Elizabeth gives advice to one of her students, Garrett Tiara (Matthew J. Evans), who has an unrequited crush on a superficial girl in class, which causes her to reflect on how she has been superficial as well.
After hearing the message, Amy switches Elizabeth's desk with hers, in search of incriminating evidence against Elizabeth. Amy reports what she finds to the principal, and a meeting is set up with Elizabeth, the principal and the superintendent. Elizabeth gets away with her mischief through blackmail and Amy informs her superiors that some teachers in the school are doing drugs. When the police search the school, they find drugs in the desk (which belongs to Elizabeth) in Amy's classroom. Amy is removed from the school and moved to another school by the superintendent. With Amy gone, Scott asks Elizabeth to start over, but Elizabeth rejects him in favor of a relationship with Russell.
When the new school year starts, Elizabeth is kinder to her co-workers, has started a relationship with Russell, and did not get the breast enlargements because she feels that she looks fine the way she is. Elizabeth also has a new position in the school, as she is now the school guidance counselor.
- Cameron Diazas Elizabeth Halsey
- Justin Timberlakeas Scott Delacorte
- Jason Segelas Russell Gettis
- Lucy Punchas Amy Squirrell
- John Michael Higginsas Wally Snur
- Molly Shannonas Melody
- Eric Stonestreetas Kirk
- Phyllis Smithas Lynn Davies
- Thomas Lennonas Carl Halabi
- Kaitlyn Deveras Sasha Abernathy
- Noah Munckas Tristan
- Adrian Kali Turner as Shawn
Bad Teacher is directed by Jake Kasdan based on a screenplay by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Columbia Pictures purchased Eisenberg and Stupnitsky's spec script in August of 2008. In May of 2009, Kasdan was hired to direct Bad Teacher. The following December, Cameron Diaz was cast in the film's lead role.Justin Timberlake was cast opposite Diaz in March of 2010, and filming began later in the month.
The film was released in North America on June 24, 2011 in 3,049 theaters. It took in $12,243,987—$4,016 per theater in its opening day and grossed a total of $31,603,106 in its opening weekend, finishing second at the box office, behind only Cars 2. In Germany, the movie reached No. 1 on the country's Cinema Charts in its opening week after 496,000 people saw the film. This caused Kung Fu Panda 2, which reached No. 1 the week before, to fall to No. 2 .
The film has received mixed reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 44% of 141 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.3 out of 10. Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 26%, based on a sample of 34 reviews. The site's consensus is that "In spite of a promising concept and a charmingly brazen performance from Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher is never as funny as it should be." Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 47 out of 100, based on 37 reviews.CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was an C plus on an A plus to F scale.
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