Before You See ‘Bad Teacher,’ Read About Some Good Ones

This weekend Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, and Jason Segal will enter the canon of teacher movies with the opening of their movie Bad Teacher. But although they have bad teacher predecessors (Mr. Woodcock, anyone?) the genre is definitely dominated by “the inspirational educator.”

How do you make an “inspiring educator” movie? Add one big name actor, add a true story, add some schmaltzy music, throw in a dash of race/class issues, and you’ll come out with a Golden Globe nomination.

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