As evident from her filmography and the occasional interview, Cameron Diaz is not afraid to get raunchy. Today, she continues that tradition with the premiere of Bad Teacher, a comedy that casts her as a foul-mouthed, gold-digging teacher. Now that the reviews are in, it’s clear that critics haven’t been charmed by the film’s attempts at subversiveness — with lazy writing and an unlikable central character, the consensus is that the puerile comedy is mediocre, at best. Since Bad Teacher seems to be a bust, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite films about education, for those of us who wouldn’t mind seeing a portrayal of teaching that doesn’t involve a “sexy” car wash scene. No, Dangerous Minds is nowhere to be found (sorry, Coolio).
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dead Poets Society may be the ultimate teaching film. While it occasionally falters in its attempts at grandiose sentimentality and is a bit heavy-handed, it’s ultimately a heat-warming love letter to passionate, charismatic teachers. Robin Williams’ John Keating is the teacher everyone wishes they had –unconventional, inspirational, and incredibly empathetic, he transforms his students through their daily lessons, imploring them to “suck the marrow out of life.”