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“Bad Teacher”

Cameron Diaz plays a foul-mouthed teacher who is more concerned with getting high than dealing with her students.

The film is like a student who can’t fully make sense of a subject the first half of the year, but then suddenly has an epiphany, and everything becomes clear. That awakening in the second half is enough to bring up the grade. The film takes on a wicked nature that keeps it entertaining until the final bell.

Grade: B-

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”

Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth.

The film could have used a splash of that magical water because other than Depp, the franchise feels old and rundown. The film is plagued by many of the problems that sent the second and third movies in this film franchise to a watery grave: a plodding script, relentless action sequences and miscast characters.

Depp is the only reason to see the movie. He brings the same kind of chichi bravado to the role of Capt. Jack that has made the character so memorable.

Grade: C+

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“Baseball’s Greatest Games Collection”: Set includes top regular season, playoff and world series games.

“Craig Ferguson: Does This Need To Be Said?”: Craig Ferguson’s stand-up performance.

“Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40”: Director/writer Kevin Smith declares himself too fat for his 40th birthday.

“Monte Carlo”: Three vacationing friends are taken to Monte Carlo after one is mistaken for a British heiress.

“Captain America / Captain America II: Death Two Soon”: Reb Brown plays the Marvel superhero in the TV movies.

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)

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