She was the perfect person to be at the center of this and it was a real gift for the writers and me to be working with her." Describing Cameron Diaz's character, Jake Kasdan says, "Elizabeth isn't a bad person - she just has terrible, terrible values." "She isn't aggressively mean - she just thinks she's above it all," Cameron Diaz explains."She has no passion for teaching, no desire for the kids to learn anything.
Everything she does is about moving toward her goal of no longer having to be a teacher - even if it means stealing money from the seventh grade car wash.
"Elizabeth isn't a hard worker, but she knows how to work it and she's a piece of work," says Cameron Diaz.
She drinks, she gets high, and she can't wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job.
When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her co-workers, and even herself an education like no other.
:)Plot: “Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz), a foul-mouthed, conniving seventh-grade teacher is dumped by her sugar daddy, and begins to woo the school’s substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake), and starts a bitter rivalry with his girlfriend, her squeaky-clean colleague Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch).
But Elizabeth is determined to win over the substitute teacher because he happens to be the heir to a watch-making company.”Would you dump Lucy Punch for Cameron Diaz?When I see the movie now, I remember having those discussions in Jake Kasdan's kitchen - all of his instincts were so smart." "It's important to me, when I'm directing someone else's script, to have the writers really involved with the production," says Jake Kasdan. "Cameron Diaz has got this great thing: she is completely fearless," says Jake Kasdan."She enjoys being dirty and edgy and she's completely open-minded about what might work.She's just completely hilarious in that scene." After Elizabeth is dumped, she sets her sights on a rich, handsome substitute - the heir to a watch fortune - named Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake).But when Scott Delacorte starts to fall for Elizabeth's colleague, the self-described perfect teacher, Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch), Elizabeth's jealousy and vindictive nature go into overdrive.Release Date: 21rd of July, 2011About the Film"Elizabeth isn't a teacher because it's noble - it's just a job, a necessity: she has to pay the rent," says Cameron Diaz, who plays a teacher redefining education in Bad Teacher.