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

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: 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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