not as good as i had anticipated, but still a funny and engaging film. cameron diaz is really good as the unscrupulous and unredeemable eponymous teacher who cares only about herself. there’s really nothing we’re supposed to like about her – she’s not the lovable loser, she’s not really good at being a teacher, she’s just a mean and selfish loser, but we like her in spite of ourselves because she’s cooler than all the insufferable people around her. the goody two shoes teacher across the hall, the dolphin loving principal…they’re way too good and/or annoying to be liked.
there’s no great redemption in the end. she finds a place where her brutal honesty can do some good (guidance counselor’s office) and she ends up with the most likable guy in the movie, but there’s no great epiphany that knocks you over the head, she just realizes that the guy with the money who she was chasing throughout the film, isn’t as worthwhile as the fun guy without money.Watched in theater