Saturday, July 2, 2011

Movie Reviews: Bad Teacher and Larry Crowne

I love movies!! This was a particularly great Saturday because not only did I get to check out 2 movies that I've been wanting to see for a while, but I got to go with 2 of my favorite people! Let's review!

Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz as a self-absorbed slacker who has 1 thing on her priority list and that is finding a rich guy to take care of her. In the meantime, she is biding her time as a horrible middle school teacher that is at odds with the perky teacher across the hall. Enter Justin Timberlake. Justin plays a nerdy substitute teacher who comes from a wealthy family and is the object of affection of both Cameron and the perky teacher.

Overall, my best friend & I laughed a LOT during this flick. The writing is funny and completely irreverent. Cameron is totally believable in her character. Jason Segel provides some fantastic supporting character zingers. However, Justin Timberlake was woefully miscast in this film. I love Justin and he's proven his comedic chops on Saturday Night Live, but this film did him no favors.

My vote is 2.5 stars out of 4.
My name is Angie and I adore Tom Hanks. Hubby & I went to check out this movie because as he said, "Tom Hanks rarely lets us down". And he was so right. Larry Crowne stars Tom as a recently terminated middle-age divorcee who decides that going to college is going to give him a leg up in the job market. Julia plays his Speech Class teacher. With the help of a fantastic supporting cast of unique characters, we grow to appreciate the tangential relationships that blossom, as well as the one centered between Tom & Julia. We really enjoyed this movie!

My vote is 3.5 stars out of 4.

Have you seen any good or bad movies lately?


brainella said...

I love Tom Hanks but I cannot get past Julia Roberts and that ridiculous laugh. Makes me want to throw something at the movie screen...this is why I do not see her in films. :-)

Shelley said...

My last good movie was Kung Fu Panda 2. I love that movie.
Thanks for the info on these two movies. I would watch a movie of Tom Hanks just standing there breathing. I'm a fan. It's good to know these will be worth my money.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

I want to see both of those :)

Shannon said...

Glad to hear LC was good. EW didn't give it a good score... a C+, maybe? But they didn't like BT, either, so what do they know? ;)


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