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Cameron Diaz gets rude, crude, and talks dick

Bad Teacher's one joke is right there in the title. Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, quite possibly the sluttiest woman to ever lead a seventh-grade classroom.

After her fiancé dumps her, Elizabeth tries to snag the nerdy new substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake), who also happens to be an heir to a wristwatch fortune. She's also trying to scrounge up enough money to buy a new pair of boobs. (Jason Segel, who regrettably isn't given much to do, plays a likable gym teacher who has a thing for Elizabeth.) But instead of doing her job, Elizabeth gets high in the school parking lot, constantly shows movies in class, and organizes a car wash straight out of a Playboy fantasy.

Rude, crude, and stuffed with dick jokes, Bad Teacher tries hard to offend – too hard at times. But there are some funny scenes. As Elizabeth buckles down and softens up a little (for the wrong reasons, of course), the movie loses some of its bite. Still, Diaz plays it broad and bitchy throughout. It's her movie – the good and the bad. --Michael Gallucci

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