Review: Night School

A high school dropout sets out to earn his GED in Night School. Teddy Walker (Kevin Hart) is a high school dropout, who tries very hard to hide this fact from his fiance Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke), out of fear that she’s out of his league. When Teddy suddenly finds himself out of work, he is offered a position by his friend Marvin (Ben Schwartz), on the condition that he go back to school and earn his GED. Teddy joins a night school class with other misfits and has to contend with his unorthodox teacher Carrie (Tiffany Haddish) and bully, turned principal Stewart (Taran Killam).

Night School is the latest comedy film from director Malcolm D. Lee, who had a big hit last year with the film Girls TripNight School stars Kevin Hart as Teddy Walker, a high school dropout, who still managed to get himself a successful career as a BBQ salesman. However, when the store explodes in a freak accident, Teddy finds himself out of work and afraid that his new fiance Lisa will find out about his status as a dropout. As such, decides to enroll in night school to get his GED, thinking that it would be a pushover. However, Teddy’s teacher Carrie is accepting to shortcuts, as she uses her unorthodox methods to help Teddy overcome his learning difficulties.

The Kevin Hart Comedy has almost become a genre into itself and you are either going to enjoy his antics or groan at them. Night School is a typical lowbrow comedy that has the occasionally humorous moment, but is often more likely to elicit groans. From gross out humor in a restaurant to the “black speak” by Stewart, there was quite a bit in Night School that just left me shaking my head.

It is kind of say that Malcolm D. Lee saw his stock rise with the huge success of Girls Trip last year, only to follow it up with a mediocre Kevin Hart comedy. However, I am sure Night School will earn something of of profit, since I am sure that Hart has a built in audience for his films. However, I just have to say that Kevin Hart’s style of comedy has never really been my cup of tea and Night School is a film I forgot as soon as the credits rolled.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).