I’m a sucker for a good movie, buttered popcorn and laughing until my belly hurts. With the recent release of Night School starring comedians Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, I’m ready to spill the tea about whether this movie is a pass or fail.
I’ll get right down to the point. I am a fan Hart’s standup specials and comedic routines, however I’ve never been too fond of him as an actor. When it comes to Haddish, it’s an entirely different story.
I’m a fan of both her comedic routines and acting skills. Haddish instantly won me over from her role in last 2017 with the summer hit, Girls Trip. Coming directly into the film, I knew it would be a toss for me because of my precedented feelings about both.
The overall plot of Night School is very simple. Teddy Walker (Hart) is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally burns up his place of employment.
Left jobless and needing to make a change in his life, he enrolls in night school to obtain his GED. Walker soon finds out getting his GED won’t be a piece of cake, and his teacher Carrie (Haddish) makes him work for his diploma.
Typically, whenever I view a movie that stars Hart, I always feel that he does too much with his acting abilities. I was thoroughly surprised and impressed this go around with a film starring Hart—he didn’t do too much, and he was quite believable on screen.
As usual, Haddish brought the comedic relief on screen and it was just enough. Haddish and Hart make the perfect comedic duo which made the film very enjoyable leaving me wanting more.
The overall story plot was quite predictable, however; the powerful message was worth seeing. Hart’s character delivered a very powerful monologue on self awareness and how we must take advantage of the second chances that we are given and run with them.
It was also refreshing to see Haddish take both the comedic and dramatic approach to a role. Not only did Haddish not disappoint, Hart also receives a round of applause. The cast which stars Taran Killam, Romany Malco, Brooke Butler, Ben Schwartz, Anne Winters, Rob Riggle and Mary Rajskub is the perfect blend and mixture of eclectic yet genius.
While the jury may still be out on Night School for some spectators, the film gets a pass from me for a few different reasons. Not only am I fan of Haddish, but there are a host of new comers and some familiar faces in the film that ultimately made me want to tune in. Also, I was excited to see the not so Fat Joe (laughs) make a cameo in the film as well.
If you are looking for a good story plot while getting in some laughs, Night School gets a pass. However, if you are looking for a super deep plot with Oscar worthy acting, this film may not be for you. It’s a good weekend film to see with the girls, or if you’re looking for something to do.