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Bad Teacher

comedy, romance


A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague -- a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    45%
  • Audience Score
    36%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Raunchy Diaz, Timberlake comedy aims low, misses the target.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this raunchy comedy about a jaded, selfish, foul-mouthed middle-school teacher will likely attract teen fans expecting an over-the-top Apatowian laugh-fest, but what you get instead is an underwhelming film that's long on unlikeable characters (even though they're played by appealing stars like Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake) and short on wit or insight. There's plenty of swearing (including uses of words like "s--t" and "f--k" in front of tweens and teens), sexual references and innuendoes (including some simulated sex and lots of talk about breast implants), as well as dope smoking and drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the main character is portrayed. Is she worth rooting for? Why or why not? Do characters have to be "good" to be heroes/heroines?
  • What kind of message is the movie sending about consequences and character? Do people like Elizabeth succeed in real life?
  • Discuss how the drug references are handled in the movie. Are the characters who use drugs glamorized or portrayed as troubled? Which is more realistic?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    45%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    36%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: "Bad Teacher" immediately brings "Bad Santa" to mind and suffers by the comparison.

- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Friday, June 24, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Some lines are pretty funny, but the whole is an insult to the viewer's intelligence from start to finish. This has a bad screenplay, a bad direction worsened by bad editing and bad cinematography and the only decent performances are from supporting roles (and I am not talking about Justin Timberlake). When you can point at all of the scenes that felt like they were specifically added to make up for its inconsistencies and its stupid plot, the whole project should have just been aborted...

- emilebond007, Saturday, December 3, 2011

3 stars

three stars

- YodaMasterJedi, Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2 stars

To my unfortunate surprise, I found this film excruciating to watch, and terribly unfunny. With the exception of Justin Timberlake, I thought the acting was good and the story believable, but there was something missing here - mainly, the characters seemed really inconsistently written, to the point where, from scene to scene, I wasn't always sure I was still watching the same movie. I understand that we weren't supposed to like Cameron Diaz's, but midway through, the story seems to decide it does want us to root for her after all and changes in tone. Too bad. If this movie had really gone for it, it could've found Bad Santa territory.

- danperry17, Sunday, March 17, 2013