Monday, July 25, 2011

"Bad Teacher" � a Rare, Raunchy Comedy Headlined by a Woman

Columbia Pictures presents Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in the critically acclaimed �Bad Teacher,� a rare, raunchy comedy headlined by a woman.

Director Jake Kasdan notes, �It�s very unusual to find an edgy, R-rated comedy centered around a woman,� he says. �The R rating gives you enormous freedom to be as completely insane as you want to be in any moment � and we were with a group of people who embraced that completely.�

In the film, Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) is a teacher who just doesn�t give an F. She�s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and wildly inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can�t wait to marry her meal ticket and walk away from her day job teaching middle school. When she�s dumped by her fianc�, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Timberlake) � competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch) � but finds herself fighting off the advances of an irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel). Elizabeth�s outrageous schemes and their wild consequences will shock her students, her coworkers, and even herself.

When the idea for �Bad Teacher� came to the screenwriting team of Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg, they knew they�d hit on something incredibly rare and special. �It seemed like there weren�t a lot of comedy roles for women,� says Eisenberg. �We would see so many funny women on �Saturday Night Live� and on talk shows, and they�d be hysterical and charming, and then we�d go to the movies and they�d be props to get two guys to become friends or whatever. We really wanted to write a project for a comedienne.�

I thought it was one of the funniest scripts I had ever read,� says Kasdan. �Lee and Gene have a completely original, hilarious voice � I think that they�ve written one of the great female comedy parts, and we found the perfect person to play her in Cameron Diaz.�

Eisenberg says Kasdan also shared an innate understanding of what set the material apart. �Jake was very collaborative. Of course, he had ideas about the development of the script � small changes that were key to Elizabeth�s growth. When I see the movie now, I remember having those discussions in Jake�s kitchen � all of his instincts were so smart.�

It�s important to me, when I�m directing someone else�s script, to have the writers really involved with the production,� says Kasdan. �Particularly with comedies. It�s a huge asset. You can have different jokes available to you as you do it � try to make the movie funnier as you shoot it.

Kasdan says it is Diaz�s willingness to completely give herself over to the role that sets her apart. �Cameron has got this great thing: she is completely fearless,� says Kasdan. �She enjoys being dirty and edgy and she�s completely open-minded about what might work. She was the perfect person to be at the center of this and it was a real gift for the writers and me to be working with her.

Opening across the Philippines in August, �Bad Teacher� is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.Justify Full

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