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Bad Teacher (2011)

  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 63,415 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 24 June 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min | 97 min (unrated version)
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  • IMDb page: Bad Teacher (2011)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 63,415 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 24 June 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min | 97 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $216,197,492(Worldwide)(13 October 2011)
  • Director: Jake Kasdan
  • Stars: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake
  • Original Music By: Michael Andrews   
  • Soundtrack: Real Wild Child
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Teacher | School | Dodgeball | Singing In A Car | Little Black Dress

Writing Credits By:

  • Gene Stupnitsky (written by) &
  • Lee Eisenberg (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Bradley Cooper was considered for a role.
  • Throughout the movie, Cameron Diaz wears mostly Christian Louboutin shoes. This is due to a contract between the movie producers and Louboutin himself for marketing his company’s red-soled shoes.
  • Early in the film, Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) is looking at a magazine spread of celebrity “red carpet” arrivals to decide what breasts she wants after her implants surgery. The photos are of ‘Heather Graham’ (2010 Golden Globes); Katy Perry (2010 Vanity Fair); and ‘Rose McGowan’ (2010 pre-Oscar dinner). In real life, Cameron Diaz also appeared on the red carpet at all three events.

Goofs: Factual errors: Ms. Squirrel could not transfer out of a district, only within. To go outside their district, the teacher needs to apply as a new employee.

Plot: A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher. Full summary »  »

Story: When her wealthy fiancé breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts?Written by <>  


Synopsis: Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a poor Chicago area teacher who curses at her students, drinks heavily, and takes copious amounts of drugs. She plans to marry her wealthy fiance, but when he dumps her, she tries to win over substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), who is also wealthy. Their colleague Amy Squirrell (Lucy Punch) is also pursuing Scott, while the school’s gym teacher Russell Gettis (Jason Segel) is making advances on Elizabeth.

Halsey planned on getting breasts implants in order to impress Delacorte but cannot afford the operation. To make matters worse for Halsey, Delacorte begins to have feelings of affection for Squirrell and only views Halsey as a friend. She attempts to raise money for the surgery by participating in her 7th grade class car wash and by manipulating parents to give her money for more school supplies, her efforts however were to no avail.

She later learns of a bonus for the teacher who has the class with the highest state scores. Halsey decides to change her style of teaching, going from a teacher who only showed movies to one who makes her students study vigorously for the approaching exam. The change in her teaching style and her efforts to prepare her students was not enough, seeing how they were scoring low on the quizzes she gave them. All the while she begins a friendship with Gettis, the gym teacher, and Squirrell and Delacorte begin dating.

Halsey then decides to steal the state exam that her students were going to be taking by passing for a journalist who wanted to do a report on the racial bias of the exam. When the man in charge of the exams, who she is interviewing, explains he can not give her the exam due to protocol, she resorts to seducing and drugging him in his office and stealing it from his office herself. She also takes nude pictures of him as insurance in case she gets caught. A month later Halsey wins the bonus and pays for the appointment to get her breasts enlarged.

When she hears about a field trip her class is having, and Delacorte and Squirrell will chaperone, she puts poison ivy on an apple and leaves it on Squirrells’ desk for her to eat causing her to not be able to go on the field trip and Halsey replacing her. In the field trip she seduces Delacorte and they have sex with their clothes on, which Squirrell finds out through Halsey leaving a ‘revealing’ voice message on her cell phone. She also gives advice to one of her students on letting go of a crush he has on another fellow student who doesn’t like him because she is too superficial, and causing her to reflect for a moment on how she has been superficial as well with her love interests.

After hearing the message, Squirrell switches the desk in her classroom with Halseys’ desk in order to get a someone to unlock her desk for her to find evidence that Halsey won the bonus unfairly. Squirrell informs the school principal of what she found and a meeting is set up for Halsey discuss the matter with the principal and the superintendent. She gets away with her mischief through blackmail and informs them that some teachers in the school are doing drugs. When the police search the school they find drugs on Halsey’s desk which is in Squirrell’s classroom and she is thus thought to be the teacher in the school doing drugs. Squirrell is then moved to another school by the superintendent.

With Squirrell gone, Delacorte tries to get sparks going with Halsey. She, however, turns him down due to her realizing that she has a better thing going with Gettis seeing how he is more down to earth and how superficial she has been.

The next school year it is shown how Halsey didn’t get the breast enlargement because she feels she doesn’t need them and she looks fine the way she is, she also seems to be kinder to her co worker, and she started a relationship with Gettis. As well, instead of returning to her English classroom, it is shown that Halsey is now the school’s new Guidance Councillor.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Carey Dietrich known as associate producer
  • Lee Eisenberg known as executive producer
  • Georgia Kacandes known as executive producer
  • Melvin Mar known as associate producer
  • Jimmy Miller known as producer
  • Gene Stupnitsky known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Cameron Diaz known as Elizabeth Halsey
  • Lucy Punch known as Amy Squirrel
  • Jason Segel known as Russell Gettis
  • Justin Timberlake known as Scott Delacorte
  • Phyllis Smith known as Lynn Davies
  • John Michael Higgins known as Principal Wally Snur
  • Dave Allen known as Sandy Pinkus (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
  • Jillian Armenante known as Ms. Pavicic
  • Matthew J. Evans known as Garrett Tiara
  • Kaitlyn Dever known as Sasha Abernathy
  • Kathryn Newton known as Chase Rubin-Rossi
  • Igal Ben Yair known as Arkady
  • Aja Bair known as Devon
  • Andra Nechita known as Gaby
  • Noah Munck known as Tristan
  • Finneas O'Connell known as Spencer / Twilight
  • Daniel Castro known as Rodrigo (Acne Kid)
  • Adrian Kali Turner known as Shawn
  • Eric Stonestreet known as Kirk
  • Thomas Lennon known as Carl Halabi
  • Paul Bates known as School Superintendent
  • Jeff Judah known as Janitor
  • Nat Faxon known as Mark
  • Stephanie Faracy known as Mrs. Pubich
  • David Paymer known as Doctor Vogel
  • Alanna Ubach known as Angela
  • Christine Smith known as Danni
  • Paul Feig known as Dad at Carwash
  • Deirdre Lovejoy known as Sasha's Mother
  • Melvin Mar known as Male Teacher (Bathroom)
  • Rose Abdoo known as School Secretary
  • Jerry Lambert known as Morgan's Dad
  • Jennifer Irwin known as Chase's Mom
  • Christopher Rockwell known as Chase's Dad
  • David Doty known as Armando the Homeless Guy
  • Molly Shannon known as Melody (Garrett's Mom)
  • Rick Overton known as Philip
  • Danny Trap known as Cowboy at Palace
  • Matt Besser known as Abraham Lincoln (Tour Guide)
  • Lee Eisenberg known as Blacksmith (Re-Enactor)
  • Bruno Gioiello known as Police Officer
  • Jordan Van Vranken known as Crying Girl
  • Lindsay McGrail known as Teacher (party)
  • Richard Bernard known as Dancer in Cowboy Palace (uncredited)
  • Kadee Noel Brown known as Student in Elizabeth's Class (uncredited)
  • B.J. Bugert known as Student (uncredited)
  • Daniel Cohen known as Kid in Elizabeth's Classroom (uncredited)
  • Austin Michael Coleman known as 8th Grade Student (uncredited)
  • Noah Dahl known as Dim Looking Boy (uncredited)
  • Youlanda Davis known as Drama Teacher (uncredited)
  • Lisa Denke known as Teacher (uncredited)
  • Christina Gabrielle known as 8th Grade Student (uncredited)
  • Andy Scott Harris known as Flamboyant Boy (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Holloway known as Sheila (uncredited)
  • Dot Jones known as Pill-Providing Lady (uncredited)
  • Laurie Landry known as Ms. Landry (uncredited)
  • Jillana Laufer known as Teacher (uncredited)
  • Christopher Mason known as Student (uncredited)
  • Daniel Messier known as P.E. Teacher (uncredited)
  • Keith Middlebrook known as Mr. Vanderbilt (uncredited)
  • Scott Moran known as Johnny Walker Red (uncredited)
  • Bridget Shergalis known as Cara (uncredited)
  • Victoria Strauss known as Student (uncredited)
  • Joanna Theobalds known as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Preston Thompson known as 8th Grader (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Laurene Alvarado known as makeup artist
  • Pierce Austin known as key hair stylist
  • Robin Fredriksz known as makeup artist
  • Maggie Fung known as key makeup artist
  • Nina Paskowitz known as hair department head
  • Peter Robb-King known as makeup department head
  • Thomas Terhaar known as hairdresser
  • Lona Vigi known as hair stylist: Cameron Diaz
  • Soo-Jin Yoon known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Laine Abramson known as set buyer: additional photography
  • Vicki Dittemore known as set dresser
  • Carmine Goglia known as stand-by painter
  • Ari Jacobs known as art department coordinator
  • Ty Jones Jr. known as set dresser
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer
  • Bruce L. Luizzi known as leadman
  • Linda Luizzi known as set buyer
  • Michael Mikita Jr. known as paint supervisor
  • Josue Rodriguez known as assistant property master
  • Joshua Sankar known as art pa
  • Chris Santini known as construction coordinator
  • Andrew M. Siegel known as property master
  • Chad Simpson known as paint foreman
  • James E. Tocci known as set designer




Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Mosaic Media Group (as Mosaic)

Other Companies:

  • Fletcher Chicago  additional camera equipment
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Film Source  purchased unused film stock
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Hollywood Rentals Productions Services  grip and lighting equipment
  • Prologue Films  main titles: design and production
  • Reel Security  production security


  • Acme Film (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2011) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Feelgood Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Argentina) (DVD) (special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2001) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (special edition)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Hammerhead Productions

Visual Effects by:

  • Mandy Arnold known as digital restoration artist
  • Michelle Eisenreich known as visual effects producer: Hammerhead
  • Justin Jones known as compositor
  • Shira Mandel known as digital compositor
  • Richard Matsushita known as visual effects artist
  • Jesse Morrow known as visual effects artist

Release Date:

  • Ireland 17 June 2011
  • UK 17 June 2011
  • USA 20 June 2011 (New York City, New York) (premiere)
  • Belgium 22 June 2011
  • Denmark 23 June 2011
  • Germany 23 June 2011
  • Netherlands 23 June 2011
  • Portugal 23 June 2011
  • Bulgaria 24 June 2011
  • Canada 24 June 2011
  • Iceland 24 June 2011
  • Norway 24 June 2011
  • USA 24 June 2011
  • Sweden 25 June 2011
  • Finland 26 June 2011
  • Argentina 7 July 2011
  • Russia 7 July 2011
  • Spain 8 July 2011
  • Australia 21 July 2011
  • Mexico 22 July 2011
  • France 27 July 2011
  • Czech Republic 28 July 2011
  • Estonia 12 August 2011
  • Poland 12 August 2011
  • Greece 18 August 2011
  • Hungary 18 August 2011
  • Brazil 19 August 2011
  • Israel 25 August 2011
  • Singapore 25 August 2011
  • Lithuania 26 August 2011
  • Italy 31 August 2011
  • Philippines 31 August 2011
  • Hong Kong 1 September 2011
  • Chile 8 September 2011
  • Turkey 9 September 2011
  • Colombia 23 September 2011
  • Panama 30 September 2011
  • Malaysia 20 October 2011
  • Japan 24 February 2012 (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Japan 19 May 2012

MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use



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