Good role models are hard to come by â€” especially once Hollywood gets its hands on them. In the year that Bush gave us Iraq, Hollywood gave us Bad Santa. Now itâ€™s Bad Teacher. Whatâ€™s next, Naughty Nuns?
Of course, the film industry has been tweaking iconic targets since the Marx Brothers brought their particular brand of chaos to A Night at the Opera. In recent years, theyâ€™ve upped the ante. Now, filmmakers are encouraged to slap on an R rating, make sure the kids have to sneak in to watch, and let everyone else enjoy what Tony Coxâ€™s Marcus character in Bad Santa calls, â€œAn adult joke. For us, adults.â€
With Santa Claus already trashed by Billy Bob Thornton and company, it was inevitable that someone would find another cherished cultural ideal, the teacher â€” beacon of knowledge and caring, glamorized in Stand and Deliver, Dead Poets Society and so forth â€” and put a caustic, foul-mouthed spin on it.
An irreverent, bad Santa vs. an irreverent, bad teacher. Only one can be the worst. […]