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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
    44%
  • 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®

    44%
    reviews counted: 19
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  • Audience

    36%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Everyone loves an anti-hero, but usually there's something redeeming about the character that makes you want to root for them in the end. Not so much in Bad Teacher.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, June 24, 2011

Rotten: The best lines were harvested for the trailer -- so if you've seen that, you've seen it all.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 24, 2011

Rotten: This fitfully funny but mostly dull misfire defines exactly where the line can be drawn between truly subversive humor and lazy cynicism.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 24, 2011

Audience Reviews

1 star

They couldn't fine someone else to play the part of the Bad Teacher, I mean Camernon Diaz is way past her prime as an attractive high school teacher, more of a want to be attractive, but looking more like a washed up New Jersey Soccer Mom. This is not a kids movie by any means. Pretty trashy, but I rest assured that parents that let there kids watch the simsons will find nothing wrong with this film. 1 1/2 stars

- bbcfloridabound, Thursday, June 7, 2012

3 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] In spite of a promising concept the film never lives up to it's true potential despite Cameron Diaz's impressive performance and Jason Segel's likable and a lot of the time; comedic supporting role. It's a decently constructed comedy that would have worked if it didn't lack the raunchiness and laugh out loud moments that I expected. But what saved the well intended comedy Bad Teacher for me was it's demonstration that it had a heart and soul in the second half. It's a comedy worth seeing once for chuckles but nothing more than that.

- aquateen2, Friday, May 4, 2012

2 stars

Bad Teacher is sometimes actually quite funny, and at other times it had me chuckling at how utterly stupid it was. The acting for the most part felt really overdone, but I did enjoy watching Jason Segel, Lucy Punch and Phyllis Smith. Cameron Diaz was pretty good, but her character was just too annoying to be likeable. Bad Teacher could have been so much better and funnier, and squanders it's potential with some truly horrible dialogue and some really awkward moments.

- fb701560354, Tuesday, April 24, 2012