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Bad Teacher

Rated R 92 minutes 2011

Cameron Diaz stars as a booze-slamming, pot-smoking, gold-digging middle school teacher in the Chicago public school system. Even a passing familiarity with our screwed-up schools, self-serving teachers union, and politics-ridden board of education might have inspired an ice-cold social satire, but of course screenwriters Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (both veterans of NBC's The Office) pitch this to the C students. Technically the movie is a mess—sloppy editing, obvious postdubbing, plot complications either introduced and abandoned or papered over altogether. Yet Diaz, costars Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake, and a sharp supporting cast (Lucy Punch, Phyllis Smith, Thomas Lennon, John Michael Higgins) manage to deliver a crappy good time, mercifully devoid of any heart-tugging teacher-student subplots. Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) directed.

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Official Site: areyouabadteacher.com

Director: Jake Kasdan

Producer: Jimmy Miller, David Householter, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Jake Kasdan and Georgia Kacandes

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch, John Higgins, Phyllis Smith, Thomas Lennon, Molly Shannon, Eric Stonestreet, Dave "Gruber" Allen, Matthew Evans, Kaitlyn Dever, Kathryn Newton, Igal Yair, David Paymer and Alanna Ubach

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