I recently DVR’d a handful of movies that I hadn’t seen but wouldn’t mind catching for free at home which is why I found myself watching BAD TEACHER on a recent Saturday night. I had low expectations about the movie thinking it wouldn’t be “my thing” or particularly funny. You know the type of movie, where all of the funny parts are in the previews and even those are a stretch?
Well, I found myself pleasantly surprised. It was a good way to spend my evening filled with more chuckles than expected while trying to figure out why PHYLLIS SMITH was familiar. A post-movie imdb.com visit confirmed that she was the voice of Sadness in the recent Pixar hit (and previously written about) INSIDE OUT.
Truly, the movie was about what you’d expect: sexy teacher (CAMERON DIAZ) is on the hunt for a sugar daddy and surprises herself by falling for the shlub of a gym teacher (JASON SEGEL) who, let’s face is, is not so much of a shlub in real life in typical movie form.
If you expect this to be a high-brow, high-quality comedy then you’ll be disappointed. But, if you assumed that from the beginning then you probably weren’t paying much attention to the previews, either.
In my Movie Ranking Rubric, this fulfills my two most important qualities: did I feel good at the end? Yes. Did I have fun while getting there? Yes. So, if your brain needs to unwind from a long workweek then give BAD TEACHER a chance to earn some extra credit.
(Come on, I had to work a teacher/school joke in there somewhere!)
*Need to catch up on BAD TEACHER? Check it out on Amazon.com.