May 23, 2017

“Bad Teacher”, “Larry Crowne” kick off naughty teacher theme

By Kim Palacios The preview for “Bad Teacher” is currently being screened, and if you thought Cameron Diaz’ teacher role sounded similar to that of Julia Roberts’ in “Larry Crowne”, you’re right. Both films are cast with strong leading ladies who play out-of-control educators whipped into shape by the arrival of an unexpected man.

Julia Roberts plays “Larry Crowne’s” Mercedes Tainot, while Cameron Diaz is “Bad Teacher’s” Elizabeth Halsey. The characters’ similarities begin with the fact that neither is particularly invested in teaching; both abuse substances while on the job; and both are compelled to change their ways when a certain man (Tom Hanks and Justin Timberlake, respectively) enters the picture and compels each of them to exit their comfort zones to change their ways.

So, what’s the difference between the films? While Robert’s “Larry Crowne” character begins as generally apathetic, having lost her passion for teaching, Diaz’ “Bad Teacher” character is lazy as a teacher but driven in other areas right out of the gate; she is passionate about finding another sugar daddy in a new colleague, but finds herself in an unexpected position when her scheme finds her head-to-head with a different well-loved teacher.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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