Bad Teacher

“It’s amazing how much more I can fit into a weekend afternoon when I wake up early. Like today, almost no effort in making a double feature happen, and I still have time for laundry and an ExpDelTop100 film.

The day started off with Bad Teacher. I wouldnt say that I didnt like it. There’s definitely films where I’ve been dying to get outta there as fast as possible, and that wasn’t the case. But I didnt particularly like it either. Im really not sure what to think.

Let’s break it down, shall we? I feel like the humor was really just going for shock value more than anything. Some of it worked, but a lot of it fell flat. However, the set up is different enough that this film actually could get away with it. I feel like if this type of comedy turns into a trend instead of just making an occasional appearance, then we might be in trouble.

I will admit that I am not much of a Cameron Diaz fan, but I will say that she did very much own the role. Not enough to make me love her, but I could certainly appreciate her performance. I feel like something was still kinda off though. Most of her dialogue was mean for the sake of being mean, without being too clever, but it was novel enough that it worked, if that makes any sense.

For me though, the film was all about the boys. At first, I did love seeing Justin Timberlake take a geeky turn, but after a while, his toolfulness just got on my nerves. He was too much of a wussy pushover, and I got really annoyed with him. Keep in mind, that I adore the boy, so for me to get that put off by him is kind of a big mark in the negative column. But the saving grace of the movie was Jason Segel. Loved his character, loved the chemistry he had with Diaz, loved how he was actually funny. If it weren’t for him, I dont think I’d have been able to see any other redeeming qualities in the film.

But if the whole crude adult in proper company think appeals to you, I’d suggest you stick with Bad Santa.

Bad Teacher -\m/ \m/ \n

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