Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
By Nolan Patrick Smith
High Desert Daily
(Victor Valley)—We have all had them: bad teachers. For one reason or another, a teacher just failed to connect with us, leaving an unpleasant memory in our heads. So does the newest rated R comedy, Bad Teacher, leave that same unpleasant memory as your 9th grade English teacher?
Well, no bad memories here: what you get is a refreshing, hilarious romp through the life of what would be one of the best and worst teachers to ever have in real life. Directed by Jake Kasdan, no stranger to comedic hits with past credits including Walk Hard and Orange County, the film takes off right from the get go with stellar performances from Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch and Mr. NSYNC himself, Justin Timberlake.
The film all revolves around Diaz trying to find the right man for the wrong reason: wealth. This leads to her trying to raise funds to, ahem, enhance her body in order to win the heart of a wealthy new teacher played by Justin Timberlake. Trouble lurks in the form of Ms. Squirrel (Lucy Punch), who also has an eye for the new teacher, but sees the lack of enthusiasm in Diaz’s teaching. Hijinks ensue on many different levels, from dodge ball to car washes, to a field trip in Springfield; all along the way our protagonist starts to realize what she is doing, and what she is missing out on.
The story is just what the title says: it tells the story of a bad teacher (Cameron Diaz), who would rather get drunk or high than actually teach in class. The antics put on by Diaz are shocking and outlandish to the point where laughter just spews from you mouth as you’re wondering if you really just saw what you saw. The supporting cast really connects with each other: Lucy Punch’s by the book teacher, Segel’s P.E instructor who has been pining for the affection of Diaz, and of course, Justin Timberlake. The new teacher in town, Timberlake portrays the nerdy yes-man to a T, yet not stealing the show from Diaz and Segel.
There are moments in this film that you will remember for awhile. You will be quoting this movie on quite a few occasions, and that is the mark of a great comedy. Like The Hangover, Zombieland, and Super Bad, Bad Teacher rightfully takes in place in the halls of modern day comedy gems.