May 26, 2017

Cameron Diaz in safer “Bad Teacher” clip

By Sean O’Connell A red-band clip for Jake Kasden’s “Bad Teacher” arrived online a few weeks back, and I’m pretty sure it’s a better representation of the foul-mouthed comedy than the new trailer posted online this morning.

We’ve got a link to the teaser (which is hosted on Yahoo! Movies), and it will be attached to prints heading to theaters this weekend (most likely in theaters screening “Battle: Los Angeles,” as both are distributed by Columbia Pictures).

The film stars Cameron Diaz as a disinterested elementary school teacher who sets her sights on a handsome colleague (Justin Timberlake). She’s also motivated to win a year-end “Best Teacher” prize, but not for academic reasons. She wants the cash prize to pay for a boob job.

The new trailer is structured like the earlier, red-band clip, only every joke has been watered down for general audience consumption. I have zero interest in seeing this version of “Teacher,” but totally understand Columbia’s need to pitch the comedy to a broader audience. They’ll be surprised to learn this is more like “Bad Santa” than it is to “The Bad News Bears.”

Meanwhile, here’s that red-band clip, which doesn’t hide its nasty punchlines behind safe but clunky edits. “Bad Teacher” will be in theaters on June 24.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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