Friday, 1 July 2011

[Review] Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz isn't exactly recognised for her moving performances. When in interviews, she doesn't conduct herself as a typical Hollywood superstar. Bad Teachers is never going to be seen as a groundbreaking movie. That being said, it doesn't mean this film is any less of a movie just for those facts. It's surprisingly entertaining with quite dark humour running throughout the storyline, making what seems to be an awful film actually quite enjoyable.

I didn't have any expectations whatsoever when venturing into the cinema to see this film. Truth be told, I love Justin Timberlake as an actor, so I wanted to see how he would live up to the role. He isn't the shining light in this film, but still plays a humorous part. His personality as Scott seems a little confusing and peculiar which can make some scenes (particularly the 'sex' scene with Diaz) a little uncomfortable to watch, but I think that's the point.

Diaz (Elizabeth) to me isn't all that entertaining to watch either. You can see her role from the trailers, and that's exactly what you get in this film - A really bad teacher. Not just bad as in she breaks a few rules, but as in she just doesn't know how to teach. She isn't even changed in the traditional Hollywood fashion by the end of the film either, which leaves you feeling a little empty. This might be because they're hoping for a sequel - "Badder Teacher".

The two characters that do shine are Jason Segel (Russell) and Phyllis Smith (Lynn). Segel is a match for Diaz playing the love interest, but in his own perverted way. This adds some great lines in the film such as "Hold my ball sack" whilst he's carrying a bag of basketballs. I like that sort of humour, don't judge me. Smith has the audience laughing the most. She is so adorably awkward and shy, that her little drawn out lines and odd love for Elizabeth is so amusing and endearing to watch.

That's what exceeded my expectations the most about this film, the humour. It seems you'd get lots of silly jokes around how bad she is as a teacher. Although that's obviously a running theme throughout the film, it's the personalities that make this a good fun watch. It's not to be taken seriously. And because I went in with such low expectations, I came out pleasantly surprised and quite happy to watch it again with a group of friends.

So, the moral of the story is - never be swayed by film reviews...