Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Written by: Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, and Justin Timberlake
Who knew that the winds of change would start blowing in formulaic summer comedies? Last summer, Bad Teacher may have been a sequel to Bad Santa that had Billy Bob Thornton reprising one of his most infamous roles. Instead, it’s become a female-driven vehicle for Cameron Diaz.
Paired with Bridesmaids, it’s hard to not observe the raunchy tone these women have used to start embedding themselves into the mainstream. It is worth mentioning that this film was written by men while Bridesmaids was written by women, and it doesn’t really delve into the pathos of any of the women.
The issue of gender is not brought up in either film, which is why it makes them relevant. Bad Teacher is fairly weak, though; typical hallow summer fare chock-full of some great gags and biting one-liners. As part of a larger case study, though, it merits mention.