Rated: R for language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug material. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: February 17, 2017 Released by: Warner Brothers
Charlie Day and Ice Cube star in this raunchy comedy directed by Richie Keen. It takes place during one particularly bad day for Andy Campbell.
Campbell is an English teacher at Roosevelt High. It's the last day before summer vacation and he's trying to make it through without messing up as he has a performance review and a pregnant wife at home, so he can't afford to lose his job.
Its also prank day where students pull pranks on the teachers and it's not anything as calm as a whoopee cushion left on a chair. They involve shutting off an educational film over and over by using their phones and painting principal Tyler's (Dean Norris) car funky colors.
Campbell makes the mistake of getting on the wrong side of Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), the hot tempered history teacher. He smashes video equipment and destroys a desk with a fire ax and that's just during third period. After an incident in the classroom, the two men are summoned to the principal's office, resulting in Strickland being fired. He blames Campbell and tells him that he'll fight him in the parking lot after school. The way that this guy handles stressful situations, Campbell is willing to do anything to get out of it.
There are a couple of funny bits, but most of it is over-the-top language, violence and illegal activity. A teacher buys drugs from a student, a female guidance counselor (Jillian Bell) talks explicitly about wanting to have sex with the male students, the fight scene is pretty realistic and bloody but, the most disturbing is when a grammar school girl sings a F-word packed song at her school's talent show.
Principal Tyler being followed by a mariachi band hired by the students to harass him and Tracy Morgan who is funny as Coach Crawford, are the only two bright spots in a dismal comedy.