#125 / 365 – ‘Bad Teacher’ – 92 mins
Cinema Challenge #50 / 115
Meet Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz). She’s single-handedly redefining the word ‘inappropriate’. Scantily dressed, swearing like the proverbial trooper and frequently hungover, she’s the worst role model imaginable for her class of teenagers. But Elizabeth doesn’t give a fig, because she’s about to marry her sugar-daddy and will never need to work again. Alas, her plans are thrown into disarray when he dumps her. Enter handsome, wealthy new substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake). Unfortunately, he’s already dating Elizabeth’s colleague Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch). But when our scheming anti-heroine discovers that his previous girlfriend was especially well-proportioned, she concludes that the way to win his heart is with expensive breast implants. Luckily, there’s a bonus on offer to the teacher whose pupils score the highest class average. And Elizabeth’s chief rival is – you guessed it! – Amy.
Cameron Diaz gets a C for her efforts playing the lazy and permanently stoned Miss Halsey, but it is Brit Lucy Punch who takes home a distinction as the always perky goody-two-shoes and mad-happy faced Miss Squirrel. Whilst it does have some crude fun in places the proof is that comedy really is in the timing, means this Bad Teacher doesn’t quite make the grade and if you want school themed comedies that are top of their class – stick with ‘School of Rock’