Night School Doesn’t Get an A
Warning: Spoilers Ahead.
After the success of the comedy hit Girls Trip, director Malcolm D. Lee came forward with a new comedy movie. Only this time, together with Tiffany Haddish, they got the phenomenal comedian Kevin Hart on board too. In fact, Kevin Hart not only starred in it, but produced and co-scripted this together with 5 other credited writers. But even then Night School was disappointing. And was definitely an opposite of the brilliant hyperactive comedy that usually we expect from Kevin Hart. Despite the fact that Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish together make an inspiring combination, Night School just probably failed.
The Plot Of ‘Night School’
In Night School, Kevin Hart plays Teddy who is a high-school dropout. Teddy is desperate to pass his General Equivalency Diploma exam in a week to get the job in the bank he has been promised. And also to mollify his fiance Lisa played by Megalyn Echikunwoke. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. In order to pass the exam, Teddy must face the humiliation of going back to his high school now to attend special evening classes. Not just that, but now the principal is Stewart played by Taran Killam. And back in the days when Teddy was a student here, he disliked the nerd Stewart.
The night school teacher is Carrie played by Tiffany Haddish. And naturally, she is not impressed by Teddy and his casual attitude towards school. And in Carrie’s class, Teddy realizes that to progress in life, he needs to confront some harsh realities about himself. Teddy fails to find shortcuts to get what he wants in Carrie’s class. And Tiffany Haddish proves to be a much tougher teacher than you could have imagined!
‘Night School’- The Brilliant Comedy?
After hearing the plot, it seems like Night School has the needed structure and story to bring forward a hilarious comedy. Especially, considering that Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish come together for it. But surprisingly, Night School does not stir things up much, and the lack of fire in the movie is evident. To begin with, you can feel no real tension between Teddy and Lisa. And in fact, Lisa almost disappears from Night School as the story moves forward to the part of evening classes. Moreover, nobody really understands if there is some romantic tension between Teddy and his teacher Carrie. So whether we felt it at times, or the idea actually exists is still a mystery.
The Night School has six credited writers that includes the legendary Kevin Hart himself. And it seems like the movie is an accurate representation of the proverb that too many cooks spoil the broth. The main story of Night School seems a bunch of ideas strung together. But lacking in order, flow and progression. And to a reasonable extent, the plot might seem crammed. Consequently, Night School brings forward concepts that are not properly developed, and the movie suffers in bringing a forward momentum.
Night School could have covered the plot loops, and editing as well as screen shortcomings if it had maintained its humor. But it seems like the movie failed in the entertainment motive as well. The characters in the school i.e. Teddy’s classmates are all given a comedic effect. But other than that, there is no development of their personality. And sadly, neither Kevin Hart nor Tiffany Haddish presented a fantastic comedic performance. Their scenes together would normally crack the audience up in never-ending fits of laughter. But this time they just meander along.
So, basically, Night School is a disappointing comedy. And not just with humor, but over-extended single scenes. And the movie is definitely a bad choice for those who are not fans of either Kevin Hart or Tiffany Haddish. But even for those who are, Night School is no treat.