21: Bad Teacher (kind of a little bad)

Bad Teacher – June 24, 2011
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Justin Timberlake, Justin Segel
Written by: Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg
Directed by: Jake Kasdan

The plot: “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.” – IMDB

My thoughts: It won’t win any awards (actually, odds are it will win some awards from MTV because they always pick the most mainstream and crude movies released) and it certainly wasn’t full of stupendous acting. But if you’re in the mood for a movie with a hot leading woman who delivers some pretty foul lines (which is always funny to me), then sure, it will probably do the trick.

The saving grace for me? Jason Segel. This man is never not funny. He knows just how to deliver a line (or maybe he’s just being himself?) and can give any character an extreme amount of likability. He’s got some good lines and he isn’t a hyperbolic character – he’s just a dude who’s kind of funny and is into the hot chick. But he’s so good at it!

Justin Timberlake? Unsurprisingly weird and not so funny. Whether he was written to be flighty and with a hard-to-pin-down personality, I’m not sure, but he was off-putting. It was never clear if he was supposed to be an oblivious, sheltered guy or if he was just creepy but still hot. Either way, my love for JT didn’t see the character through.

I did laugh out loud a few times. The delivery of certain lines is what makes the movie. The script and concept aren’t especially new or interesting, but the actors give it the “uumph” that it needs. Ultimately, I didn’t regret hanging out and spending two hours watching it. It’s vulgar, crass, and the plot is ridiculous. It’s just what you’d expect.

Stars: 2/5

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