Can you believe it’s been 13 years since Cameron Diaz charmed her way onto the A-List in There’s Something About Mary, that sweet but raunchy role in a sweet but raunchy movie? Since then, she’s tried to do the movie star thing as an action hero in the Charlie’s Angels movies, play a romantic lead in films like The Holiday, and be your daughter’s bestie in the Shrek franchise. Finally, with the release of the Bad Teacher red-band trailer, Diaz is back to being raunchy, without so much of the sweet, and it works for her.
In the film — which will try and distinguish itself from a summer of sequels and superheroes on June 24 — Diaz plays an elementary school teacher “who just doesn’t give an F.” Justin Timberlake, the actor, costars alongside his ex-girlfriend as a nerdy teacher and heir. (The singer Justin Timberlake makes a cameo appearance in a scene involving a microphone and a guitar.) Also on board are Jason Segel as a hapless gym teacher, and Phyllis from The Office as Phyllis from The Office. Smart move on behalf of the marketers for releasing the R-rated trailer first, because seeing Diaz say things like “Fuck my ass” and “I want to sit on his face” is a marvelous pleasure that no one should be deprived of. Welcome back girl!