Cameron Diaz is a Bad Teacher. Elizabeth Halsey’s goal in life is to take care of number 1 — not her number 1 student. The unwinning, wily and highly inappropriate junior high puts the model in role model in this colourful comedy from Orange County director Jake Kasdan. After being dumped by her rich fiancé, she launches a scheme to win over handsome, spiritual substitute teacher Scott Delacourte (as in the fictional watchmaker, Justin Timberlake) – oh, and to save up for a new pair of tits to improve her chances. Shooting for the best teacher bonus, she has competition in the classroom and the dating game from the dedicated but ruthlessly competitive Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch).
Outlandishly unrealistic characters clash in an ambitious war of wills, with hilarious set pieces from sexy spy subterfuge to field trip dry humps. To our relief, Elizabeth never stops being bad, leaving plenty of room for unfailing opportunism in story and in grabbing laughs. An A for effort.