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Movies On Demand Premiering This Week (October 18, 2011)
- BAD TEACHER
- MONTE CARLO
BAD TEACHER – Premieres October 18
There are two title adjectives that always catch my attention: American and Bad. It's more than just a title (AMERICAN HISTORY X, AMERICAN BEAUTY). It's as if the movie is declaring itself as so iconicly "American" or so "Bad" (in a bad ass kind of way), you need to pay attention. What other titles warn you (or tempt you) with a description as "Bad" can (BAD SANTA and BREAKING BAD)? It plays upon our inquisitive nature to know what we don't or shouldn't know. We never gossip about who behaved properly. We whisper about who got caught doing something against the rules.
And now we have BAD TEACHER. A movie about a rule-breaking, don't give a damn, hottie of a teacher. No one really wants to spend money watching an inferior teacher. But just like we wanted to see how far Billy Bob Thornton would cross the line as a Santa Claus, we are curious as to how mischievous Cameron Diaz will act as a school teacher. Throw a kick ball at a student to prove a point? Sex it up at a car wash? Yup, Cameron's character is just baaad enough to do both while also trying to win a prize so she can pay for breast implants.
BAD TEACHER has its moments, but the best parts are all in the trailer.
Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segal
Same day as DVD
MONTE CARLO – Premieres October 18
Justin Bieber's girlfriend goes to Paris and Monte Carlo, with a Gossip Girl in tow, and is treated like royalty because she's impersonating one. There is an actual backstory that MONTE CARLO is based on Jules Bass' Headhunters, where adult women (Nicole Kidman was once rumored to be cast) travel to Europe, but the previous sentence about a teenie-bopper starlet got this movie green lit. A recent Grantland column (Why Do Movies Suck? Ask a Guy Who Makes Them) by producer Rick Schwartz (who was rumored to be attached to the Kidman version of MONTE CARLO) makes more sense now.
SKIP IT unless you're a teenage girl who dreams movies like this may come true.
Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester
Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix and Redbox
Britt is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of On Demand Weekly. He is the former head of Affiliate Marketing and VOD for Sundance Channel. Prior to Sundance Chanel, Britt worked for Miramax Films and BMI. He also on the Advisory Board of the Palo Alto Intl Film Festival.