What’s in a word? When you utter a single word, what does it imply? Well, depends on the word. But for a film like Bad Teacher, a word means everything. Take for instance this new Green Band trailer for the film. Well it’s practically identical to the first Red Band trailer, most of the jokes fall flat due to the Green Band not having the crutch of the F-bomb. I wasn’t entertained with the first trailer, and the second one is even worse, not strictly because there’s no curses, but also because the jokes take a whole new meaning and effect without them. Take for instance the “Sitting on his face” joke. In the red band, it’s funny. In the green band, the joke cuts off before she says “face.” Now, the joke has no punchline. And a joke without a punchline just doesn’t work.
The Green Band trailer:
And now the Red Band for comparison:
Did Phyllis from The Office just drop an F bomb? That’s kind of awesome.
Some teachers just don’t give an F. For example, there’s Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.
Bad Teacher opens July 24, 2011.