by Sarah Davis
Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz is HILARIOUS. I haven't seen a movie that made me laugh almost the entire time in a while. Cameron hasn't really delivered in a comedy in a while, with the exception of What Happens In Vegas, which really doesn't compare to Bad Teacher. She's back in action as one of Hollywood's golden girls, finally. Remember how depressing it was to see her in serious roles (like My Sister's Keeper)?
Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a woman who was set to be a rich housewife but had to go back to teaching middle school when her soon-to-be husband figured out her scheming tactics. Soon after he kicks her to the curb, she's left broke, back to her job of teaching & sharing a crappy apartment with a random guy she found on Craig's List. Initially, her plan is to save up enough money for a boob job (the only way she can ever find another rich man to marry her.)
Among a lot of quirky, really hilarious nerdy teachers (including Amy Squirrel, who's out to get her), she's the one who "doesn't give an 'F'". She sleeps during class, shows the kids any movie she can (like Scream), smokes weed on school grounds & occasionally even drinks whiskey. It's so ridiculous that it's hilarious. She doesn't really find interest in anything until a new teacher who happens to come from a wealthy family joins the school faculty (Justin Timberlake). In my opinion, I was totally creeped out by Timberlake's character. While she's after him only for his money, he is made out to own the eye of every female teacher in the school, even though he's completely creepy and socially awkward.
Jason Segel is the gym teacher who instantly develops a thing for Elizabeth, but she's bored by him because he's just a gym teacher (i.e. he's not a rich guy who can support her dream lifestyle.) Segel's character is made out to be the loser guy who Elizabeth has to constantly deny dates from, but he's way more cool than Timberlake's annoying character, Scott.
Elizabeth, in attempts to now score Timberlake, or Scott, needs to scheme through school activities to raise ten grand for her boob job. While the plot of the movie was a little random, Bad Teacher is definitely worth seeing because it's great comedy. Elizabeth Halsey is the worst teacher ever & I think it's a new concept for comedies right now. It seems like all of the (romantic) comedies that have been coming out lately are the same and/or really vulgar. This one was nothing but unexpected laughs; ideal for just taking your mind off of a rough day. Or, a night out with your best friends or boyfriend?! Plus, anything with Jason Segel has to be funny, right? He's always funny, no matter what the heck he's doing.