Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Bad Teacher was oddly tame, but entertaining.
While I enjoyed the movie and thought it was quite funny, I felt the trailers were a bit misleading. First, they made it seem like Diaz was going to be beating kids and stealing their money. I felt Brad Lee Coopers first 5 minutes of Hangover were worse than what Diaz did in the entire 90 minutes of Bad Teacher. Does she use drugs? Sure. Does she drug a testing official? Yes. But overall, she didn't seem much worse than other teachers, especially the ones I encountered in middle and high school. Then there's the fact that Justin Timberlake eclipses Jason Segel's screen time, which is a shame since the trailers sort of showed a love triangle or something. Instead it's more so Segel playing a very side character. Phyllis from The Office has more screen time than him, which is a shame, not so much because of her, but because Segel is a great screen presence.
So the movie goes like this, Diaz is a teacher who's engaged some rich guy who's her sugar daddy, they break up, she has to go back to her old job as a teacher, she gets the idea that if she can get fake breasts, she can meet a new sugar daddy and not have to work. As she's working on paying for her breasts, Timberlake gets a job as a substitute, she finds out that he's loaded and tries to romance him. He's not really interested for some reason or another and instead starts dating the annoying goodie teacher who was the annoying reporter from The Class and the stalker from Dinner for Schmucks. She sucks as per uz, and Diaz tries to screw her over. Hilarity ensues and so on.
Overall, the movie does have a heart, even if its a bit warped. Segel was great for the few moments he was in the film, I found myself being the only person laughing in the theater at certain points, shows me that people dont get quality humor. Diaz while I normally hate her, wasn't that bad. She was actual likeable once the second half of the film hit. The movie also had a great cast of side characters that you should more than recognize.
Not a great comedy, but it was pretty funny and at its brisk pacing, was over in about 90 minutes. In an age of Bridesmaids and other Apatow movies that range from 2 hours to 2.5 hours, this was a nice entertaining movie. It's definitely worth seeing if only for a few hysterical scenes, but if you're just a normal fan of adult comedies, i'm sure you'll find more to enjoy with the movie. It's vulgar, brash, and raunchy, but it's also a good time.