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Parents' Guide to

Bad Teacher

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Raunchy Diaz, Timberlake comedy aims low, misses the target.

Movie R 2011 92 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 15+

Bad teacher is a bad movie

Boring, and not even funny. Don’t watch.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30 ):
Kids say (64 ):

BAD TEACHER has some laughs, but it feels more like a tepid substitute than anything else, despite a fully committed -- and sometimes winning -- performance from Diaz. What's the problem? First, the characters. Though Diaz's Elizabeth has some laugh-out-loud lines, she's not exactly someone you'd want to root for, so why should audiences care what happens to her? Her antagonist is a goody-two-shoes colleague; Punch plays her well enough, but you pity the character too much to wish for her comeuppance.

As for who Elizabeth will end up with, does it really matter? We don't quite buy her evolution and don't think much of her romantic options. The side plots, though zany, don't amount to much, either. In fact, the entire enterprise feels more like an extended Saturday Night Live sketch (and many of the actors have, in fact, appeared on the show) than anything else.

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