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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Teacher = Bad Movie, October 22, 2011
This review is from: Bad Teacher (Unrated Edition) (DVD)
First off, a teacher smoking pot is not funny. It just.... isn't. I know it was meant to get one of the film's biggest laughs. But it's just.... not funny.

And secondly, I love raunchy comedies as much as the next guy. But this movie is far from that. It's just mean spirited. Cameron Diaz plays plays a very unlikeable lead. In short, she is a home wrecker, a liar, and a blackmailer.

Her pessimism towards a little boy is particularly unsettling. She shatters the hopes and dreams of one of her 6th grade students by telling him that he will never be able to get a girl to like him, because he isn't good enough. That is easily the low point of the film. And she also ruins the life and career of a very likeable teacher, by framing her for something she didn't do. Which again is not funny, it's just plain horrible.

The overall "moral" of the movie is that it does not matter if you have big boobs or not. You can get everything you want by being a nasty, manipulating, gold-digging whore.

There is no way possible way to spoil anything, as the movie spoils itself within the first ten minutes. It is saturated with negativity, and tasteless humor.

Bad Teacher is a movie with no redeeming values whatsoever, sends a horrible message, and delivers very few laughs. It is not enjoyable, or fun to watch at all. It's more of a chore and/or punishment.

So if you're looking for a movie where the underdog triumphs, and the bad teacher learns from her mistakes, then look elsewhere. This is not a movie I want to see again.
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2013 9:39:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2013 9:54:26 PM PDT
Medusa says:
Ruins the life of a very likable teacher? If u are talking about the passive aggressive ms squirrel character, the fact that you consider her a very likable teacher, says it all. however, the actress who played that part did a fantastic job playing the unbalanced, annoying, and passive aggressive, dweebie, Amy squirrel. And her last name was no accident! Shatters the hopes and dreams of the 6th grade boy- no, she tells him the truth , and also tells him that the girl he is after is shallow, that jr high is not his moment, he is basically a late bloomer, but college will b different-truth for many.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2013 10:38:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2014 2:48:51 AM PST
anonymous says:
First off, Ms Squirrel did nothing to Cameron Diaz. So for her to do that, was just horrible.

But that wasn't even what bothered me about the movie. Ms Squirrel is an adult. She can have the courts handle that.

What bothered me, was when Cameron Diaz told the little boy that the girl he likes will never like him back. That's the most horrible shattering thing an adult can say to a kid. Now that kid is gonna grow up with low self esteem, all because a teacher told him that he wasn't good enough. You should never tell a kid that he isn't good enough. That's a horrible thing to say. You tell kids to never give up.

And now, why should the kid even bother going to college if he feels like he isn't good enough? Why should he feel the need to respect women, if they don't like him? What's stopping him from self-harm like cutting himself, or just committing suicide? Or even worse?

And if he doesn't, now that kid is gonna have major depression for the rest of his life. That is such a delicate age. School is hard enough from just the other kids telling them that they aren't good enough, they don't need teachers saying that too.

And no, she's not right. That is not truth. That is just awful. There is no such thing as a kid not being good enough. They have their whole entire adult life to not not be good enough. Why shatter their confidence at such a young age? Those type of things, are heartbreaking for a kid to hear. He will have plenty of time for heartbreak when he grows up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2013 11:32:46 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 5:08:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2013 5:24:14 PM PDT
Medusa says:
She didn't say he wasn't good enough. She said the girl was not going to like him in a romantic way because SHE was superficial.-I.e.- find someone worthy of his attentions. She was basically telling him his moment WAS going to come but itvwould be a little later in which is true for MANY-and adults know that.. Good to know that jr high and high school are not forever- that's the message I took from what she said to the student. She wasn't especially eloquent about it, but that was her character. Mrs squirrel was annoying, passive aggressive , competitive, tattletale, dweeb who pretended to be nice. Quite frankly I don't think this was a film with an intended "message" per se- it's also not a movie for kids. It's adult humor. ms . Halsey didn't say anything all of us weren't thinking and know.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 10:14:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2014 2:57:21 AM PST
anonymous says:
Well I actually just re-watched that scene. And it is still very upsetting to watch. It occurs about 1:10 into the movie. And we both interpreted it really differently. What I was saw was a kid on the verge of crying, and a teacher who not saying anything to make it better. She was saying that the next years of life would be awful, and giving him no encouragement. Yeah sure, she gave him her bra to brag to his little friends about. But he knows the truth of what she said to him.

But still you should never say that to a kid, that he won't be able to be happy until college. Kids should be happy as kids, not when they get to college. In the movie, they made it seem like this was a shining moment for her. But in reality, a teacher wouldn't give a kid her bra, and if you told a kid that his entire childhood is going to suck, that kid will grow up very depressed, have very low confidence and may not eve go to college. And if he did, how would that possibly help him in college, when he has no confidence?

She should have told him that he is good enough. And he is good enough right now! Kids should be able to enjoy jr high, and high school. Kids don't all of a sudden become good enough once they reach college. They are good enough being themselves.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 4:30:28 AM PDT
Medusa says:
That's part of the reason this comedy is called Bad Teacher, I suppose. Cameron Diaz nailed her part, as did most everyone in the cast!from the gym teacher (Jason Segal), Ms squirrel, the lady that played Lynn, the principal. Cameron Diaz played her character so well that everyone is rooting for her- the "bad" teacher.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 6:40:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2014 2:58:47 AM PST
anonymous says:
Well I was very uncomfortable watching the movie, and found it very unsettling. But movies are subjective.
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