Entertainment Hive 2020

Night School

Review by Honey B

Director: Malcolm D. Lee Cast: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Megalyn Echiunwoke, Jacob Batalon, Anne Winters Plot: 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. Verdict: Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are a formidable comedic force in new comedy, Night School. Hart co-wrote and produced the flick which is a vehicle to show-off his comic stylings. Hart’s Teddy Walker is a high-school dropout living the high life when an unexpected, freak accident costs him his job as a BBQ grill sales person. He’s keeping secrets from his rich fiancée, Lisa (Megalyn Echiunwoke) and he needs a new job – fast. To get a job in finance with his best mate Marvin (Ben Schwartz) he needs his high school credentials. So Teddy secretly enrols in night school at his former school, however the principal (Taran Killam) is the nerd he used to pay-out in his younger years. Teddy’s class is taught by Haddish’s no-nonsense Carrie Carter - she isn’t taking any BS from anyone. Haddish shows off some great physical comedy in this flick especially when she beats up Teddy during a training session. She is a real powerhouse. Hart also has some physical comedy fun and at the beginning of the movie Hart and Haddish trading barbs is also quite funny. Hart and Haddish work really well together and it would have been great to see the pair play off of each other a bit more. The problem with this film is that it’s a bit too broad and formulaic and there needed to be more character development for the audience to invest in. It’s a passable popcorn flick. (Films are rated out of 5 stars)
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