What is Bad Teacher on Netflix about?

CANCUN, MEXICO - JULY 10: In this handout photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Cameron Diaz attends the "Bad Teacher" photocall at Summer of Sony 3 on July 10, 2011 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by SPE Inc./Matt Dames via Getty Images)
CANCUN, MEXICO - JULY 10: In this handout photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Cameron Diaz attends the "Bad Teacher" photocall at Summer of Sony 3 on July 10, 2011 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by SPE Inc./Matt Dames via Getty Images) /
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I love a good Cameron Diaz movie. The Holiday is one of my favorite romantic comedies, she was hilarious in the 2014 film adaptation of Annie, and I’ve seen Shrek more times than I can count. One great Cameron Diaz movie that you can stream on Netflix is Bad Teacher.

The film came out in 2011 and was directed by Jake Kasdan. Currently, it’s placed at #4 on Netflix’s Top 10 list.

If you’ve seen Bad Teacher while you’re perusing Netflix and want to know what it’s about, then you’ve come to the right place.

Bad Teacher cast

Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth Halsey. Elizabeth is arguably the worst middle school educator ever. She’s lazy, money-hungry, and consistently shows up to school drug or high. Her students are the last thing on her mind, and the only instruction she provides are the movies she plays while she sleeps through the day.

Jason Segel portrays gym teacher Russell Gettis. I love Jason Segel movies; Forgetting Sarah Marshall is easily one of my favorite comedies. Unlike Elizabeth, Russell actually cares about his students, but Elizabeth’s apathy doesn’t stop him from having a crush on her.

Justin Timberlake plays Scott Delacorte, a wealthy substitute teacher who Elizabeth attempts to seduce. I never really knew if Timberlake could act, but he’s really funny in this movie.

Phyllis Smith, who you might recognize as Phyllis from The Office, plays Lynn Davies. Lynn is Elizabeth’s best friend and another teacher at the middle school.

Actress Lucy Punch plays Amy Squirrel, an overbearing, unbalanced teacher who plots to get Elizabeth fired. Throughout the film, Elizabeth and Amy compete for Scott’s attention.

Other actors included in the film are John Michael Higgins, Dave Allen, Eric Stonestreet, Kaitlyn Dever, and Noah Munck (You’ll remember Munck as Gibby in iCarly).

Bad Teacher synopsis

Bad Teacher follows Elizabeth Halsey, a woman who is forced to return to her job as a middle school teacher after her rich fiancé dumps her. Elizabeth is unmotivated and indifferent towards her students. Once she’s back at work, she sets her sights on the wealthy new substitute teacher, Scott Delacorte.

Elizabeth plans on having her breasts enlarged, but she cannot afford the procedure. She tries to make the money by doing a highly inappropriate car wash and bamboozling parents for cash, but it’s not enough. However, when she finds out that the teacher of the class with the highest state test scores gets a bonus, she quickly changes her teaching habits.

Elizabeth goes to ridiculous lengths to make sure her class gets the highest scores.

Bad Teacher rating

According to IMDb, Bad Teacher is rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, and some drug use. Even if this is a film about middle school, it is probably not appropriate for middle schoolers. I won’t go into detail, but there’s a scene between Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake that’s so bizarre that thinking about it gives me secondhand embarrassment to this day.

Bad Teacher trailer

You can check out the trailer below.

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