Six people wrote this movie…six of them.
The problem with many standup comedians who transition into Hollywood movies is that their shtick never changes. After a while, if you have seen them in one film, you have seen all of their movies. This is where we are at with Kevin Hart. You either love his act or you are tired of it because it never changes. This time Hart is joined by Tiffany Haddish whose star is not only on the rise but is one more film away from being in the exact same position as Kevin Hart except not as popular. So universal both of them in a movie and hoped the results would be a passing grade…someone is going to repeat the 10th grade.
Night School stars Kevin Hart as a high school dropout named Teddy Walker who works as a BBQ salesman. When he accidentally blows up his only source of income, Teddy must go to Night School in order to obtain his GED. Standing in his way is a principal he has a longstanding beef with, a loud and violent night school teacher (Haddish), a cast of weird students, and the fact he hasn’t told his girlfriend anything that is going on. Hijinks ensue.
The fact that six people wrote this movie tells me there wasn’t much of a script here to begin with. Someone was probably spitballing an idea to put Kevin Hart in a movie and this was the basic concept. Besides the cardinal sin of this film being 20 minutes longer than it ever needed to be, Night School probably the most empty movie of the whole year. There isn’t any true chemistry with any of the cast to make this film memorable or enjoyable. Certain jokes and gags drag on way too long padding it’s 111-minute runtime. Worse than that, the humor falls flat. Outside of a scene where Rob Riggle falls off a building, I can’t even remember any other high spots about 20 minutes after leaving the theater. The best compliment I can give here is that the film isn’t peculiarly bad, it’s just very bland, which may actually sound worse by comparison.
I really don’t have much else to say about this, Night School strikes out more than the San Diego Padres…Anne Winters was alright, however.