The #1 Movie on Netflix Is…Really Unexpected (& a Major Throwback)

Enola Holmes was just dethroned by an unexpected title on Netflix. (Sorry, Millie Bobby Brown.)

Bad Teacher has officially claimed the number one spot on the streaming service’s list of top ranked movies. Although the film originally premiered back in 2011, it debuted on the streaming service last month, just in time for the back to school season.

If you need a refresher, the movie follows a teacher named Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz), who is practically the definition of what not to be as a role model. (We’re talking foul-mouthed and inappropriate.)

However, when an attractive new substitute teacher, Scott (Justin Timberlake), arrives at school, Elizabeth suddenly finds a new interest in her profession. Will she be able to outsmart her colleague slash competition, Amy (Lucy Punch)?

In addition to Diaz, Timberlake and Punch, Bad Teacher also stars Jason Segel (Russell), Phyllis Smith (Lynn), John Michael Higgins (Principal Wally), Dave Allen (Sandy), Jillian Armenante (Ms. Pavicic), Matthew J. Evans (Garrett), Kaitlyn Dever (Sasha) and Kathryn Newton (Chase).

The movie was directed by Jake Kasdan (Bless This Mess, Fresh Off the Boat), while Gene Stupnitsky (Good Boys) and Lee Eisenberg (The Office) penned the script. Kasdan, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky also served as executive producers alongside Georgia Kacandes (Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood).

Guess we’ll be adding Bad Teacher to our streaming queue. (You know, for tips on what not to do during homeschool.)


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