Night School

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish star in the brand new, we’ll say, comedy Night School.  Unfortunately, I did not find very many comedic elements to be had here.

Kevin Hart is Teddy, a high school dropout who has a great skill at sales.  His ability to charm people into purchasing things that they really did not need made him very successful.  However, when adversity falls upon him and he needs to find a new job, Teddy discovers that he needs a high school diploma to be hired.  He decides to go to night school to get his GED, but his struggles in learning, particularly in test taking, rear its ugly head once again in the classroom of night school teacher Carrie (Tiffany Haddish).

Teddy’s old high school rival Stewart (Taran Killiam) happens to be the principal of the school, who carries a bat and somehow can get away with intimidating and bullying the student body.  I found that character to be so unlikely that it really took me out of the movie.

Not that I was truly ever into the movie as I found this one to be stupid and dull.  The best parts of the film included the side stories of the other members of the night school class, in particular the ridiculousness of Rob Riggle, and desperate housewife looking for an escape from her home life Theresa (played by 24’s own Chloe, Mary Lynn Rajskub).  Other than that, there was not much to be had here.

The film was unbelievably predictable.  I had to use the restroom, and before I went, I thought to myself about what was going to happen.  I listed off several of these in my head.  When I cam back, I actually saw each and every one of the things I thought was going to happen, happen.  It was shocking how easily it was to know what was going to happen.

Predictability would still be fine if the film was funny, but there were so few moments of humor that I was shocked.  Between two of the funniest people in Hollywood today in Hart and Haddish to have a film so devoid of laughs in so sad.  Even in my theater, there were, at best, a few giggles here and there.  The potentially best scene with humor was then ruined with a gross out moment that I just do not find funny.

Hart and Haddish are charismatic individuals and they are usually funnier than this, but I just do not think the script was worth the time of these top line comedians.

Another major problem was that the film was released as a PG-13 film and there were many times that you could see that the words being said by the actors did not match what their mouths were saying.  They clearly edited out some F-bombs to make it down to PG-13, but they did it so poorly that it was obvious when it happened.  It was like the old days on television when they would have the film Die Hard on and you would hear John McClane say “Yippee Ki Yay, Mister Falcon.”  It is a silly way to keep the ratings in the family level.

There are a couple of positive messages hidden in the story, but it is so convoluted inside the rest of the stupid dialogue and plot points that it loses any sort of power.

Then the ending was so contrived it was just unbelievable.  I won’t spoil it, but it was a laughably easy finish.

In what could have been a really funny film, Night School was a huge flop despite a crew of funny people on screen.  I was counting the minutes for this one to be finished.

2 stars

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