But if you can watch it, it's a hard R, it's out on disc and streaming. I couldn't stop laughing.
Cameron Diaz is hilarious.
She's been good in films before but she's so funny in this. And it's a great character. Just basically, the film kicks off with like 5 minutes of the end of a school year. They're saying goodbye to her at this middle school because she's a first year teacher who's getting married so she doesn't plan to come back the next year. And she acts semi like she cares but then she's pulling out -- peeling out -- and shouting things like 'goodbye you bitches!'
The marriage doesn't take place. (I won't spoil why.) So she's back at the school teaching.
And convinced that if she could get a boob job she would be able to land a man who could take care of her and she wouldn't have to work. As a funny teacher (her friend) asks her, why does she need a boob job, she responds she's got to compete with all these Barbie dolls.
She is a lousy teacher. And she doesn't give a damn about the kids.
You may wrongly think that she learns they're wonderful and it's a Disney life lesson.
She does become a very intense teacher who cares about learning -- but not for any noble reason.
The film's hilarious. The guy who's on How I Met Your Mother is in it, the one who's with Alyson Hannigan on that show. I can't remember his name. I don't like him. I don't like him on How I Met Your Mother. I didn't like him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I have to ignore him to enjoy I Love You Man. But he is likeable in this film.
He should play roles like this more often.
I also can't stand Justin Timberlake. And I didn't expect him to be giving a good performance. But he really gave a performance. I've seen him in two other movies and thought, "Boy, give it up already." But in this film, he gives a performance and creates an actual character.
Everyone's great in the movie. Including Molly Shannon who is inlike three or four scenes. She's so great and why didn't they give her a sitcom where she played a character like this and not that stupid Kath & Kim.
But it's Cameron's film and she's great in it. It's a hard R. I don't remember any nudity except at the doctor's office when this woman shows her implants to Cameron to convince her to get the surgery. There are many sexual situations. (Neither that nor nudity bother me, I'm just trying to explain why it's an R so you don't end up watching and getting embarrassed -- like if you say, "Hey, Mom and Dad, let's watch Bad Teacher" and it turns out to be too strong for them.) There's language and there's frequent pot smoking. Also intoxification. I think that covers it. The characters are not supposed to be role models.
And it's funny, so funny. It may be the funniest movie of 2011.
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