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The "Bad Teacher" trailer

Posted by Wesley Morris  February 23, 2011 03:08 PM

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I'm a firm believer that it's never too late for a star to find a role she was meant to be play even if she's been playing other roles her entire career. Specializing in ditzes and beauties and illiterates has made Cameron Diaz a star. But she has deserved a hit movie of her own. Or at least something that maximizes her sense of comedy. Watching Diaz in "The Green Hornet" elbow her way into the movie bad joke was painful. But if the trailer is to be uncut, foul-mouthed trailer is to be believed, the heartless educator she plays in this summer's "Bad Teacher" comes closest to explaining what she was meant to do: Mean and horny.

She plays a lazy teacher who decides she needs to meet a man so she can stop working. Fights Lucy Punch over Justin Timberlake ensue. (She does know he makes public-school teacher money here, not Sean Parker-"Social Network" money, right?) In any case, she appears to be having fun while doing a lot of the winking cheesecaking she did in "Charlie's Angels." Only she's replaced the Santa Monica halo with Coyote Ugly pitchfork. The movie will almost certainly find a way to jail, exterminate, or misogynize her. But in the trailer, she lives, and she is awesome. 

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