Night School movie review

Night School is ahead of the class as the comedy starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish topped the box office with $28 million.

The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.

Rob Riggle, Taran Killam and Romany Malco also star in the hilarious comedy with a great message.

In a post on his Instagram page, Kevin gushed:

I was just told that “Night School” has been giving a A- Cinema score from the people….that means that people all over the globe are loving my movie and that makes me extremely happy damn it!!!!!

Another #1 MOVIE!!!! Words can’t explain how f–king happy I am right now….I am nothing without your support people….Thank you for believing in me & riding with me!!!!! Go see Night School NOOOOWWWW

Night School Trailer - Kevin Hart - Tiffany Haddish

Night School Review By B. Gunn

They say education is key. It seems that Kevin Hart misplaced that key and is trying to find it in “Night School”. Hart plays Teddy Walker, a slick-talking salesman known for hustling his way out of things. He’s always gotten by with his charm, not his intellect. When an unfortunate incident happens, he has to find work. Problem is, he didn’t finish high school.

The only way to get to that next level is to obtain his GED. He thinks this will be a breeze, right? Wrong says Tiffany Haddish! She plays the night school teacher who loves her job but doesn’t have time for any mess, just like an old-school educator. Put those two together along with an eclectic supporting cast of clowns, and what you have is a surprisingly funny movie. Funnier than you think it would be.

Hart has learned how to tame his wild, loud on-screen presence, for the most part. His character Teddy isn’t over-the-top but very believable. Dude has some legitimate struggles that most men are faced with in that position. He appears comfortable in his role, and he comes across as naturally funny, nothing is forced. Hart is growing up…comedically, not physically.

Tiffany Haddish takes on a more serious role, if you wanna call it that. She’s 60% urgent, 40% hilarious. As she tries to balance the two, her performance stumbles a little. She’s not bad by any means, but you can tell being dramatic isn’t her strong suit. I guess you can say “Night School” is a practice test for her. When she’s funny, though, she’s fun-ny! Hart and Haddish’s chemistry is almost there – aaallllmost. A couple more minutes in the movie oven and they’ll be ready. As for the supporting cast, they’re a good fit. Some characters are over-exaggerated for comedic affect and it works.

I think Romany Malco’s character is the funniest of them all. I won’t spoil his personality, but let’s say we all know some “woke” folks like him. “Night School” may be funny, but it also has a pretty interesting subplot, thanks to director Malcolm Lee. The underlying theme is not giving up, and he’s able to convey that through funny yet convincing-enough emotional dialogue and emotional delivery from actress Megalyn Echikunwoke. I don’t think this movie works without her character. She’s not overly serious and her chemistry with Hart is better than Haddish’s although she does play the love interest.

Now, there are some remedial moments in “Night School”. Some scenes go on and on with seemingly no end until the very last moment then it makes sense. Some jokes are about as accurate as Shaq’s free-throws, and the movie is funny, just not I-can’t-catch-my-breath funny. “Night School” isn’t the best comedy you’ve ever seen, but it’s enjoyable and you can see Hart’s growth as an actor.

I’m giving “Night School” a Morning/Midday Co-sign. Class is in session, y’all. This review is your cheat sheet!

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