Some people / reviewers/ critics are saying Cameron Diaz’s latest character Elizabeth Halsey is selfish and unlikable. Who cares? We don’t go to the movies to like everyone on screen. It’s fun to experience a range of emotions toward a range of characters. Why stick with the one flavour of anything? Sure have a favourite but don’t only have that favourite. That’s what boring people do.
Elizabeth Halsey is bored but not boring. She’s a great example of a human being with a lot of potential living half a life. She’s a teacher with lessons to learn. (It’d be good for the students if she learned how to be a good teacher but hey – that’s all part of it.) She’s also a great example of what not to be. I’ve kept a couple of ‘friends’ in my life and they’re people I don’t particularly like anymore but they serve as a reminder of who I don’t want be. I don’t care if that sounds selfish. It can be just as selfish to cut people off just because they’re not the way you want them to be.
So – back to Bad Teacher. Like Bridesmaids, it celebrates the darker side of feminine nature with comedy. It’s a coming-of-age story to an extent and an education plot to some extent as well. It’s also a showcase of Cameron Diaz – she’s in her mid-30s, she’s still got it and she can still flaunt it. The standard male fantasy sequence of a slow motion carwash in hot pants and high heels made me wonder if Michael Bay had directed Bad Teacher but with no massive multiple explosions – and having an actress in the lead role I realized nah – couldn’t be Mr Bay calling ‘action’ and ‘cut’.
I liked Bad Teacher partly because I’m a Cameron Diaz fan and because being female, I really get a kick out watching movies with girls behaving badly.
Bad Teacher is popcorn movie that has pop and corn but is worth a cinema ticket price. Check out the trailer here: