Cameron Diaz is taking her turn at a dark comedy in what some people are saying recalls the Billy Bob Thornton vehicle “Bad Santa.” But while “Santa” got mostly positive reviews, “Bad Teacher,” also starring Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel, has the critics more divided.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times comes right out and says, “‘Bad Teacher’ immediately brings ‘Bad Santa’ to mind and suffers by the comparison.”
And a number of critics think it had potential, but the actors didn’t have enough to work with.
The New York Post’s Lou Lumenick writes, “A fitfully amusing comedy that promises far more outrageousness than it actually delivers.”
Eric Snider of Film.com says, “Diaz performs with gusto, but the screenplay doesn’t give her many funny things to say.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern writes, “Have talented actors ever struggled so much to so little avail? Ms. Diaz
sells her lines like a street vendor peddling fake Timexes.”
But there are several critics who are recommending the comedy.
The Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones says, “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.”
Manohla Dargis of the New York Times writes, “Ms. Diaz has found her down-and-dirty element in the kind of broad
comedy that threatens to get ugly and more or less succeeds on that
MSN Movies’ Glenn Kenny says, “A refreshingly raucous comedy that comes surprisingly close to completely living up to its lack of conviction.”
What do you think, Pop2it readers? Will you be seeing “Bad Teacher” this weekend? It opens nationwide Friday (June 24).