Kevin Hart co-writes and stars as a guy forced to attend night school to pass his high school GEDs in this comedy from Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee.
Tiffany Haddish, one of the stars of Girls Trip, co-stars as the school teacher who goes to incredible lengths to help her student improve – which includes laying the smackdown on him within a UFC cage.
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (‘Girls Trip’, ‘Undercover Brother’, ‘The Best Man’)
Starring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam, Yvonne Orji, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Rob Riggle, Ben Schwartz, Megalyn Echikunwoke
Written by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells
In cinemas NOW
So, what’d we think?
In 2017, two comedy legends were added to the map thanks to the breakout hit Girls Trip; director Malcom D. Lee and our Queen Tiffany Haddish. They were the powerful duo that gave us an insight into what smart, gratuitous and good comedies could look like.
It is no surprise then that expectations were high when it was announced that Lee and Haddish were adding Kevin Hart to their team to work on Night School, a film that follows Hart’s character Teddy as he heads back to the classroom to get his GED.
Did it succeed? Yes and no.
While it may not be the best comedy to hit the big screen in recent years, there is no denying that Hart and Haddish are comedy powerhouses who use their natural rapport and impeccable timing to pull out that ugly laugh you only reserve for your BFF after a few wines.
Hart stars as Teddy, a slick talking salesman who dropped out of high school and is forced to return to take his GED after an attempt at a romantic gesture culminates in him blowing up his workplace. Literally. Queue the appearance of Carrie (Haddish), a teacher whose love for education and no bullshit, straight talking attitude steals the film.
A group of misfits pad out the rest of the class with Rob Riggle, Romany Malco and Mary Lynn Rajskub bringing the most laughs with their quirky personalities. We meet Teddy’s high school nemesis and current school principal Stewart (Killam) who is strange AF and does his best to sabotage Teddy at every turn, as well as a smattering of other friends and family who are about done with his standard attitudes towards life.
A few heartfelt moments from Haddish give Night School some deeper meaning and the script is full of all the tried and tested high school cliches that keep you entertained throughout.
But, should you see it?
Critics are slating this as a mediocre attempt at comedy but in all honesty, I thought it was a pretty decent popcorn movie. The screening I attended was rife with laughter and the audience seemed to be having a good time and I mean, what more can you ask of a movie? While it won’t be inducted into any comedy hall of fame, Night School is a high-energy watch that gives Haddish a chance to shine her light once again.
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Written by Chrissy Thompson
A massive fan of a sing-along and dancing in the rain, Chrissy is an incredible artist who usually has a sketch pad in hand. A lover of nature, she spends her weekends hiking with her partner, taking pictures of her adorable pug Rosie and learning a new skill.
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