Monday 27 June 2011
This cast is effing brilliant with amazing timing and chemistry. Cameron Diaz nails the role of Elizabeth Halsey, a teacher who got into the profession solely for summers off and a short work day. From the drinking to the drugs to the fuck off attitude, Diaz is absolutely unrestrained and bawdy as all get out. She develops a whole new vocabulary for lewd while the atmosphere surrounding her and ex Justin Timberlake sparks like the electricity machine in Frankenstein’s laboratory.
I cannot say enough about Lucy Punch and Jason Segel. They completely steal some of the scenes. Lucy is Amy Squirrel, a zany, over-the-top perfectionist teacher who cannot stand Elizabeth because of her attitude. She becomes crazed in her determination to bring Halsey to her knees. Her manic facial expressions are genius as is her delivery. Segel is Russell, the gym teacher who has Elizabeth’s number. He knows how bad she is and wants her because she’s just as rude and crude as he is. The two butt heads quite often and the zingers between them are like arrows striking true. Phyllis Smith and John Michael Higgins give A plus performances as fellow teacher Lynne Davies and Principal Snur, collateral damage in the war between Elizabeth and Amy.
Bottom line, if you like your humor dirty, sexy and wild, then you will have one hellagood time.