Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Taran Killam
You can’t go wrong with a Kevin Hart film. No matter what mood you’re in, you know you’ll be in for some sort of a laugh. Even if the film itself is quite bad, Kevin Hart will make you laugh. Tiffany Haddish has become my new favourite girl and has joined the ranks with Regina Hall. If she’s in a film… I will watch it.
Night School comes in as a funny film. Teddy Walker is the man who dropped out of school and has just lost his job which was just about to set him up for life. With a high earning fiancé who loves the luxurious life, Teddy has the opportunity to turn his life around when his best friend has an opening for him. The catch? He needs to get his GED (which sounds like GCSE’s). In order for him to obtain his GED, he has to attend a night school with a bunch of troublemakers.
This film actually really hit home at one point because the Pythagorean Theorem was something that I struggled the whole year trying to figure out, and it wasn’t until the night before the GCSE Maths exam that I finally figured it out. It was also the first question I did on the paper. I flicked though that Maths paper so hard to find that question so I could do it first. This was one of the main things that they had to learn in the film and what Teddy had a lot of problems with. He has a problem with learning in general and is something you learn more about later on in the film.
Night School is funny, there’s no doubt about that. There’s also a bit of heart behind it and really about second chances. It’s never too late to do anything and that there are people out there who can help you and believe in what you can do. Everyone has a reason for being where they are. Sometimes humour in films can be very silly and not make sense at all, but this is why Kevin Hart films work because the humour is right in the middle. It’s not too silly and it’s not too clever so you can enjoy what you watch.
Haddish was amazing as the night school teacher Carrie. They couldn’t have picked a better person to play a teacher who was just doing it for the extra cash to pay her bills yet she didn’t mess about and she did her job. She was stern and would put you in your place, as she did many times with Teddy. Again, she reminds you of a teacher you once had at school, the one who you could crack a joke with but also didn’t mince their words, and secretly cared that you did well. For me, that was my maths teacher Mr Burgess. It was great to see Haddish in this role which was the opposite of her outrageous character in Girls Trip.
Night School is funny with heart and an easy watch that may hit home.