Mr. Moviefone reviews 'Bad Teacher,' 'Cars 2'
This week at the movies, Conan O'Brien is all fired up over being fired, Cameron Diaz is getting schooled, and Lightning McQueen and his friends race back into theaters with an all-new adventure in "Cars 2."
The competition heads overseas as McQueen competes in the first-ever World Grand Prix. McQueen's best friend, Mater, that's Tow Mater, isn't stuck in the pit. He's the star of this movie and gets wrapped up in a case of international espionage. Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, John Turturro, Michael Caine and Eddie Izzard all lent their voices to the cast.
The Reel Deal: Here's the thing. Even Pixar can whiff one every once in awhile. A) It's way too long. B) Talking fish...works, talking monsters... works, talking toys... works, talking cars...doesn't work. It just doesn't make any sense. Even in the context of its own make-believe-edness, and even though it's bigger, louder, brighter and jammed full of more stuff, kids will be squirming in their seats, and you'll walk away looking forward to the next Pixar project. I'm out.
Cameron Diaz is a bad apple in "Bad Teacher."
Diaz plays a foul-mouthed, unmotivated teacher whose only goal is to find a rich sugar daddy so that she can quit her job. And she sets her sights on her real-life ex Justin Timberlake. But as Diaz fends off stiff competition for the hot substitute's affections, she also learns a thing or two about life, I guess.
The Reel Deal: OK, this is a classic case of everyone involved misjudging the appeal of Cameron Diaz, the studio misjudging her appeal to audiences, and her misjudging the appeal of herself, which is way overinflated by the way. The movie wants to be a raunchy comedy, but it's not particularly raunchy and it's certainly not funny so what does that leave us with? Just one of the most annoying people on the planet. Bad actress, bad teacher, bad movie. I'm out.
Opening in limited release, there's "A Better Life," which is about an illegal immigrant father trying to keep his son out of trouble while giving him the opportunities he never had.
And watch one of the most stunning, perilous voyages on Earth in the nature documentary "Turtle: The Incredible Journey" in 3D.
There's also "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," a behind the scenes perspective of the late night, (occasionally) funny man while on tour.
For all your showtimes, tickets, my Six Second Reviews and so much more, go to America's favorite movie guide, Moviefone.com, or you can call 1-800-777-FILM. If you want to drop me a note it's MrMoviefone@aol.com or Facebook.com/mrmoviefone.