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I was highly skeptical about watching this movie. From the trailer it just seemed so cliched and run of the mill kind of story. Bu I was pleasantly surprised to see some intriguing screenplay for an agonizingly thin plot line. The presence of Cameron Diaz definitely lights up the movie and adds class to an otherwise ordinary flick.
Elizabeth Halsey is the negative character you would love to hate. She has everything wrong about her, especially when it comes to be a teacher. She cheats, smokes pot, manipulates people. She is dumped by her rich boyfriend and hence she has to go back to teach children. In an effort to win the fat bonus for having a class with the highest grades, she discovers herself. Along the way she has a feud with her co worker Amy and has the hots for Scott (Justin Timberlake), but finds solace in Russel a gym teacher played by Jason Segel.
The comedy is subtle and not in your face kind. But because the plot is wafer thin, it really leaves up to the screenplay to the pull the movie together. Thankfully the running time at 88 minutes is pretty short. The character which probably should have been the focal point of this movie boil down to just Cameron's character which works against the movie.
Cameron Diaz is fantastic and the movie is watchable largely because of her. Jason Segel proves why he is so highly rated. Justin Timberlake does not impress and I did not understand the development of his character.
The writers are probably the culprits. By not really developing the characters or expanding the storyline they already handicap the movie. The director Jake Kasdan does a real fine job of telling this story in an interesting fashion thereby still keeping the viewer hooked on.
This is totally a DVD movie and not worth a movie tickets price.