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Bad Teacher - Film Review

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by Caitlin Pianta (subscribe)
Queensland based writer and digital nomad.
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Bad Teacher, directed by Jake Kasdan and staring Cameron Diaz in one of her displays of what a versatile actress she is, is the latest Apatow movie out about behaving badly.

Centered around a woman who wants what she wants when she wants it, we're introduced to Miss Halsey, a reluctant teacher who firmly believes that if she had the "right" breast size, a rich husband would surely follow. With this as her driving logic, the audience follows a string of serious transgressions made on her part in her quest for wealth and a life of comfort.
Lucy Punch, who plays Amy Squirrel, Diaz's rival and a generally happy-go-lucky character is onto the schemes and tries her best to convince a manipulated principal of Miss Hasley's indiscretions whilst fighting to keep her own composure.

Starting out with a promising, although unoriginal, introduction to the characters, this film progresses slowly - dragging in some parts to the point of frustration. Diaz and co-stars do very well with the material and two-dimensional characters they are given. Jason Segal, in particular plays the role of the quietly-vigilant Gym teacher who sees more than he lets on with subtle ease, while props must be given to Justin Timberlake, Phyllis Smith and John Michael Higgins who all played their parts with as much conviction as they could.

This film lacks a moral setting somewhat, seemingly promoting bad and selfish behaviour as the right path to getting what you want without any consequence, however the occasional, hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments and reckless abandon of Diaz redeem the script to an extent.

Overall, an entertaining film, with some genuinely good comedy scattered throughout. Good for the casual movie-goer

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When: From June 17 (UK), June 24 (USA), July 21 (Australia)
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