Film Screening 1st October, 2011

Poster for Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher 

8:00 PM, 1st October, 2011

  • M
  • 92 mins
  • 2011
  • Jake Kasdan
  • Gene Stupnitsky,  Lee Eisenberg
  • Cameron Diaz,  Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake

From the tagline alone – ‘She doesn’t give an F’ – it’s clear that Elizabeth (Diaz) is the model of a bad teacher: vain, alcoholic, disorganised and abusive. When along comes wealthy and attractive teacher Scott (Timberlake), Elizabeth is suddenly motivated to change her ways in order to woo the new addition to the staffroom. Also vying for Scott’s affection, however, is fellow teacher and rival Amy (Lucy Punch). Chuck in funnyman Segel in the role of the lovable-yet-slack gym teacher Russell, who is trying to romance the gorgeous Elizabeth, and you have one seriously complicated ‘love rectangle’. Luckily for the children, Elizabeth is not completely irresponsible. Discovering that she’ll receive a financial bonus if her class registers the highest test score in the State, Elizabeth sets out to do everything it takes to win.

Directed by Jake Kasdan, this comedy breaks the conventional school movie stereotype, delivering a raunchy tale about adults behaving like children. The film undoubtedly exploits Diaz’s sex appeal but a little naughtiness works well for a film that’s about romance in a decidedly unromantic workplace. While flicks like these can be a bit hit-and-miss, Bad Teacher delivers some genuine laughs. In addition to the two charismatic leads, Segel delivers a solid performance in what little time he’s given on-screen, as does Phyllis Smith as Elizabeth’s unlikely friend Lynn.

Unashamedly vulgar yet enjoyably light hearted, Bad Teacher will certainly get you thinking, ‘What about the children?!’

Ruohan Zhao

Poster for Bad Santa

Bad Santa 

9:47 PM, 1st October, 2011

  • MA
  • 95 mins
  • 2003
  • Terry Zwigoff
  • Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham

'Why don't you wish in one hand, and s**t in the other? See which one fills up first.'

And that is one of the more polite lines in this filthy adult Christmas carol. From the twisted mind of director Terry Zwigoff comes a yuletide film that has vomited all over the front of its fluffy red suit.

Billy Bob Thornton is Willie, an alcoholic, lecherous, vulgar safe cracker who, with his foul-mouthed Christmas elf, Marcus (Tony Cox), rob department stores every Christmas. This Christmas, however, things might be a little different since a very special kid (Brett Kelly) has taken a shine to him and Willie has also somehow attracted the interest of a very naughty girl with Santa issues (Graham). Supported by the late, great Bernie Mac as a private eye that wants in on the racket and John Ritter (in his last screen role) as a befuddled store manager, Bad Santa is so foul it is funny.

Thornton was allegedly drunk for most for the shooting of the film and that just makes his performance all the more enjoyable. A true holiday classic for the dirty old man (or woman) in all of us, I dare you not to find it raucously funny and downright satisfying to see a drunk Santa punch his elf in the balls.

Daniel Eisenberg