Review by Monique Thompson
Teddy Walker is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn’t think he’s too bright.
Director Malcom D. Lee and produce Will Packer’s latest project, Night School, stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish doing what they do best (or not so great to some): make people laugh. With these two, you either love them, or hate them; there’s really no in between.
Hart plays Teddy, a high school dropout turned successful BBQ equipment salesman who’s engaged to a very wealthy woman, Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke). Teddy has never told Lisa that he was a dropout and despite his recent enrollment into night school at his alma mater, he opts to continue keeping it a secret. Haddish plays the role of Ms. Carrie, the no nonsense, unorthodox teacher that takes on a class of misfits which include Teddy. To Teddy’s surprise, the principal of the school is his nemesis from high school, Stewart (Taran Killam).
Hart and Haddish get the opportunity to just be themselves and most of the comedic material you will see is totally unscripted. While the two are definitely funny, some of the material is a bit overly done. The film itself is nothing more than a good time, but underneath the jokes and antics, there’s still a good message tucked in, however you want to take it.
Aside from Hart and Haddish, the supporting cast is quite solid and Romany Malco, Rob Riggle, and Mary Lynn Rajskub each are standouts.
All in all, as with Hart and Haddish, you’re going to either love Night School or totally hate it. I can imagine there won’t be much in between. Each time I’ve been asked about this film, I’ve been calling it “stupid funny”; no doubt there’s a lot of stupid moments that make absolutely no sense, but they do still make funny moments.
In theaters September 28th.