Cameron Diaz returns to dark comedy in Bad Teacher, an insanely funny raunchy comedy that’s about a teacher that teaches for all the wrong reasons. Bad Teacher is a clever and smartly written comedy that’s much better than it should be thanks to its leading lady and her supporting cast. It’s mean spirited and nasty, but it still carries a charm that’s hard to describe, but easy to understand.
Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a foul mouthed middle school teacher who enjoys drinking, smoking and doing other various illegal narcotics on the job. She loves playing movies every day for her students so she can nurse the hangover from the night before. She’s currently in a life pickle, with her rich ex-boyfriend kicking her to the curb leaving her no money for her much wanted boob job. Bad Teacher isn’t like your ordinary studio dark comedies. It starts out dark and continues its journey into the deep dark depths of a heartless woman with money on her mind. There is no moment of redemption at the end where Elizabeth realizes she’s a bad person and that she must pay for what she’s done or apologize to the people she’s hurt. No sir, Bad Teacher remains bad throughout and that’s precisely what makes it feel like a breath of fresh air in a time full of play it safe R-rated comedies.
Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake and Lucy Punch all help balance out the film, playing widely different roles. Segel plays a gym teacher that finds Elizabeth attractive and is just looking for a simple relationship. He too enjoys doing recreational drugs and drinking and he simply wants a female companion to accompany him. Naturally being a gym teacher means he doesn’t come from money, so Elizabeth blows him off, not literally.
Justin Timberlake is the rich idiot that comes to town for a substitute teacher job. He’s a bit of an airhead, but Elizabeth immediately sets her sights on him once she finds out he’s single and looking to mingle.
Lucy Punch plays her most lively role as Amy Squirrel, the across the hall teacher that loves to go above and beyond the teacher call of duty. She’s full of a zany charm that’s almost uncomfortably funny to watch. Elizabeth and Amy spend most of the running time bouncing off of each other, fighting for Timberlake’s character while playing tricks on each other to get the other one in trouble. It’s textbook one upping at its finest and it works without error.
Bad Teacher isn’t groundbreaking filmmaking or the best comedy of all time, but it’s incredibly funny and much better than trailers make it out to be. Director Jake Kasdan knows how to make a funny movie and Cameron Diaz is very impressive as the asshole teacher. She channels her inner Billy Bob Thornton without a problem. I couldn’t stop laughing in theaters, which led to me coming back for it a second time! It’s dark, silly and inappropriate, but very funny.
Check out my full theatrical review of Bad Teacher right here.
Video: Sony continues to impress with a flawless 1080p transfer for Bad Teacher. Skin tones are orange and colorful while detail remains extremely clean and crisp. Bright reds such as Elizabeth’s dress make the screen pop while darker blacks and grays have no problem staying consistent. Bad Teacher is an overachiever in the video department, easily earning it a passing grade for effort!
Audio: The 5.1 DTS-HD master audio track isn’t as impressive as the video, but it’s still impressive. It’s a typical comedy track with music and environment sounds coming across clear and dialogue being the main focus. This track is front heavy, since the dialogue comes from the front channels, but it does open up during a few scenes like the opening credits for example. It’s clear and easy to hear, which is about all you can ask for in a comedy film.
Bad Teacher comes with a good list of special features. Check them out below!
- Theatrical and Unrated versions of the film.
- Jams Yearbook – Hidden Moments (HD)
- Gag Reel (HD)
- Outtakes (HD)
- Deleted Scenes (HD)
- Way Behind the Scenes with Jason and Justin (HD)
- Raising More than Funds (HD)
- A Very Odd Blacksmith Story (HD)
- Swimming with the Dolphins (HD)
- Good Teacher (HD)
- Previews (HD)
- DVD Copy
I can’t recommend Bad Teacher enough. It’s an excellent dark comedy that isn’t afraid to take the much needed risks to make this sort of film work efficiently. Cameron Diaz fully embraces the nasty and cruel teacher, making her a complete dickhead and plenty fun to watch. Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake play the supporting males perfectly, acting as complete opposites. Lucy Punch really goes nuts as Mrs. Squirrel, the rivaled good teacher. Director Jake Kasdan has no problem filming comedy, almost every joke lands with tons of laughs and memorable jokes to follow.
The Blu-ray is a visual treat. The 1080p transfer is spotless and the lossless audio track is as good as it’s going to get for a comedy. The special features are oddly enough interesting and the unrated version is an improvement over the already funny theatrical version. I’ve already watched my Blu-ray 3 times since receiving it and I foresee plenty more outings with it. It’s a great comedy to kill a few hours with and the Blu-ray comes with enough special features to warrant a buy over the standard rental. If you’re a fan of dark comedies than you owe it to yourself to check out Bad Teacher. It’s easily the best dark comedy that came out over the summer!
Special Features – 6/10
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