Movie Review - "Bad Teacher"

This afternoon I caught a matinee showing of Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake & Jason Segal.

Here's the synopsis:

Some teachers just don't give an F. For example, there's Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She's foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can't wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she's dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) - competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other. -- (C) Sony Pictures

From the previews, I thought this movie would be hilarious. Granted Cameron Diaz isn't known for her comedic skills, but Jason Segal is always hilarious (I loved him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and the previews were actually funny. my expectations were way too high for this movie.

Bad Teacher has the same problem that The Hangover Part II had - it tries way too hard. Cameron Diaz is a spoiled gold digger who is only teaching until she hooks a sucker or makes enough to get breast implants, whichever comes first. She drinks on the job, smokes weed in her car, and appears to spend months showing her classes videos about teachers (Dangerous Minds, Stand and Deliver, & Lean On Me all make an appearance). Of course she's juxtaposed with a "super teacher" who becomes obsessed with outting Cameron Diaz's character for the fraud that she is. Their back & forth was mildly entertaining, but it felt like they threw in everything but the kitchen sink in an attempt to make this movie full of laughs.

I had no idea that Justin Timberlake was in this movie, & his character & acting both really annoyed me. He plays a rich kid who is a substitute teacher & the love interest for both Elizabeth & Amy. It's hard to describe why he annoyed me, beyond the fact that he just isn't funny. At all. Just cannot carry a joke. Ugh.

Beyond the whole "trying to hard to be funny" thing, the movie left you thinking "there's absolutely no way this could actually happen in the real world". I hate that, when movies are so unrealistic that you can't even focus on the plot. Overall Bad Teacher left a lot to be desired. Oh & Cameron Diaz is not aging well - she's looking kinda old especially on a big screen.

So should you go see Bad Teacher? Only if someone else is paying or it makes it to the $1 theater. Consider yourself warned.