Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bad Teacher (JT Vol. 2)

We continue this week with another Justin Timberlake film. That's a bit of a misnomer. Even though he is billed second, he's really like the 5th lead in the movie. But front and center is Cameron Diaz playing an awful person. Even though she's not my favorite actress, she does tend to do good work when she feels like it (Being John Malkovich / Gangs of New York / Vanilla Sky).

The best way to describe this movie is a live action version of Road Runner. The "perfect" teacher loves brow beating her to "do better" and "hang in there" while also trying to get her fired. In this case, Mrs. Squirrel (Judy Punch) plays Wiley Coyote. JT gets to be a weirdo sub who basically agrees with what anyone says. Jason Segel plays the gym teacher and has some of the best lines. He is basically playing the only sane person in the film.

This movie is light entertainment. It's funny. It's raunchy. It's original. It's also not super memorable. But I give it points for effort and originality. In order of comedies I would recommend you seeing, it ranks second (behind Bridesmaids, but before Hangover II).

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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