Cameron Diaz's latest comedy flick 'Bad Teacher' has failed to impress US critics but is still expected to open strongly at the box-office this weekend. The 38-year-old actress stars as a Chicago area teacher who swears at her students, drinks heavily and takes endless amounts of drugs.
Despite the considerable hype surrounding the movie, 'Bad Teacher' came in for criticism following its premiere screening. Roger Ebert was less than impressed, noting, "Bad Teacher immediately brings 'Bad Santa' to mind and suffers by the comparison" The dark Christmas-comedy starred Billy Bob Thornton as an alcoholic Santa working in a mall. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine also made the comparison, saying, "Cameron Diaz's fem spin on Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa should have added up to raunchy fun. Sadly, it only took about 10 minutes to wipe the smile off my face". Andrew O'Hehir of Salon.com was perhaps the most scathing of the critics, writing, "Bad Teacher keeps threatening to become entertaining without quite getting there, but it took me a while to realize how truly awful it is". The movie sees Diaz reunite with her real-life ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake, who plays the rich substitute teacher Scott Delacorte. Comedy actor Jason Segel also makes an appearance as gym teacher Russell Gettis.
Cameron Diaz is set to begin work on the heist movie 'Gambit', written by the Coen Brothers. The movie follows the story of an art curator who attempts to con a wealthy collector into buying a phony Monet painting.