At the start of Night School (2018), we find young Teddy (Kevin Hart) preparing to take a major SAT style test. After freaking out when he sits down to take the test, he very publicly vows to succeed in life without the need to pass the test or graduate high school. Skip ahead a few years and we find Teddy delivering on the promise with a well paying sales job, a fancy car, and a beautiful girlfriend. But after a set of unfortunate events, Teddy finds himself returning to his alma mater to try and get his GED via night school classes taught by Carrie (Tiffany Haddish).
Night School (2018) is your typical Kevin Hart style comedy. It has some good laughs in it, but at times, the comedy veers into stupid immature territory which turned me off a bit. I have always been one to appreciate smarter and wittier comedy and there is some of that here, but it is few and far between. What Night School does have going for it though is the great dynamic between Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. They both delivered very believable and entertaining performances that played off each other well. I wasn't a fan of a few of the students in the night school class as their characters were written to be way over the top and wildly dimwitted.
The film came together in the end though and wrapped up with a surprising amount of heart and a positive message about succeeding in life. If the comedy were a little smarter and some of the characters weren't so over the top, this could have been a much more enjoyable film.
I give Night School a 5 out of 10.
Night School (2018) is out now on digital and will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD tomorrow January 1st, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray releases come packed full of excellent bonus features. One of the highlights for me was the hilarious "Gag Reel" feature that really showed how much fun the cast had while making the film.
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Night School • Run time 1:51 • Rated PG-13 - for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug references and violence