A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague -- a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 5.7/10 (59,862 voted)
Critic's Score: 47/100
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake
Storyline When her wealthy fiancé breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts?
Writers: Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg
Cast: Cameron Diaz
John Michael Higgins
Principal Wally Snur
(as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Matthew J. Evans
Igal Ben Yair
Filming Locations: Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $31,603,106
(26 June 2011)
(13 October 2011)
Did You Know?
Trivia: Bradley Cooper was considered for a role.
When Elizabeth and Lynn go out to eat, the lipstick on Elizabeth's lips changes shades in several scenes; close ups show her wearing a dark red, while other shots show a light pink.
Quotes: Elizabeth Halsey:
This is where we are as a culture
How many millions of dollars went into this which could have been used
better in some other venture? Sour premise of a dope-smoking,
opportunistic junior high school teacher who skates through her job,
looking for a way to fund her breast augmentation job so she can land a
rich boyfriend. Ends up committing several felonies & getting a stuffy
but honest co-worker blamed for everything (including drug use on
school grounds) while she wins the day. The redemption is her hooking
up with an angry gym teacher when he proves the affluent guy she's
sharking for is a shallow imbecile.
Now, I'm not the sort of person who demands a moral message in every
piece of cinema, but really? Who is the target audience here? To whom
are the filmmakers attempting to appeal? This is just vile.