FILM REVIEW: NIGHT SCHOOL

Teddy Walker (Kevin Hart) is a high school drop-out who has managed to build a somewhat luxurious – although slightly out of his league – life for himself by working as a Barbecue Salesman.

When he accidentally blows up his workplace while proposing to his successful girlfriend, Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke), Teddy is forced to go back to school in order to attain his GED.

When he enrols in night school classes, taught by the tough but fair Carrie (Tiffany Haddish), Teddy encounters a group of misfits who all have their own reasons for needing their GED; cue the shenanigans.

A silly film from start to finish, funny man Hart brings the laughs throughout Night School, but it is in no way his funniest role to date.

At times, Hart’s character is overshadowed by the entertaining supporting cast, which includes prison inmate Bobby (Fat Joe), who attends the classes via Skype, a clueless dad named Mac (Rob Riggle), paranoid but “woke” Jay (Romany Malco), and the hilarious ex-waiter Luis (Al Madrigal), who dreams of becoming a dental hygienist.

Surprisingly, Haddish’s character doesn’t have as much substantial presence as expected, which makes her character feel slightly disconnected from the story.

That being said, she brings a caring and motherly vibe to the role of Carrie, while also being a total bad-ass.

An oddly paced film that can feel scrambled at times, Night School manages to simultaneously seem rushed and slow-moving, which is probably due to its almost two hour running time with Director Malcolm D. Lee trying to squeeze in every ounce of funny from Kevin Hart.

Night School might not leave a long lasting impression, but it won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth either.

With its strong comedic cast, you may very well find yourself chuckling through the whole thing, but perhaps this one could’ve skipped the big screen and headed straight to Netflix.

2.5 stars

By Pearl Berry

 

 

 

 

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