With Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz Has The Chance To Be Funny Again
When she first became famous, Cameron Diaz was one of the funniest actresses out there, willing to dance in underoos for McG or use some unfortunate hair gel in There's Something About Mary. Sadly, that risk-taking eventually turned into more princessy roles, recoiling with horror at Ashton Kutcher's dirty ways in What Happens in Vegas or signing on, for some reason, to the ridiculous My Sister's Keeper.
But is it too late to get the fearless Cameron back? Maybe not! Variety is reporting that Diaz will star for Sony in Bad Teacher, a comedy about "a foul-mouthed, gold-digging middle-school teacher who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend, competes with a colleague for the affections of the school's model teacher." Sounds like a character who would fit right in with the cast of Glee, and also someone who Diaz could play really, really well. At 37 she clearly knows she's too young to play the hot young thing, but playing off her looks as a man-eater slightly past her prime, she really has the potential to be great.
The movie will be directed by Jake Kasdan, who has directed a lot of tiny, hilarious, underappreciated movies like Orange County, The TV Set and particularly Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who had a horrible screenwriting outing with Year One but have potential nonetheless, wrote the screenplay.
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