Bad Teacher

Coarse comedy celebrates a morally impaired middle-school teacher (Cameron Diaz) bent on landing a rich husband. Foul-mouthed, slatternly, racist, and conniving, she sets her sights on a new substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake) while feuding with one full-time colleague (Lucy Punch) and rejecting the attentions of another (Jason Segel). Working from a script by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, director Jake Kasdan has fashioned a monotone picture in which every stab at humor derives from humiliation. All in all, the tawdry exhibition fails to shock, subvert, or entertain.

Watch out for: Several scenes depicting nonmarital sexual activity, much drug use and alcohol consumption, at least one instance of upper female nudity, frequent explicit sexual humor, some uses of profanity, pervasive rough, crude, and crass language, some scatological humor.

Rated: O; MPAA: R

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