When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Malcolm D. Lee
Jada Pinkett Smith
In 2001, high-school student Teddy Walker drops out of school when he's unable to concentrate during a crucial test. In 2018 he works as a barbecue-grill salesman and dating a wealthy woman named Lisa, and has developed a careful financial strategy that allows him to maintain the illusion that he is better off than he actually is. But his life falls apart just as he learns that he will inherit control of the store when the current manager retires: As he proposes to Lisa in the shop, he accidentally triggers an explosion when a champagne cork pops open a gas tank; the manager runs away with the insurance from the explosion. Teddy's friend is willing to give him a job--if he can earn his GED.
Teddy (Kevin Hart) is a successful salesperson at a BBQ store. He pretends to lead a wealthy and wise life as he daily tries to impress the love of his life. While asking for his girlfriend's hand in marriage, his beloved BBQ store accidentally blows up. Teddy is now seeking for a new job, but most of them of them require Teddy to have completed his high school education which he never did in the past. To make matters worse, Teddy's girlfriend also has no idea that he had never completed high school and that his current lifestyle is a lie which he only carries out to impress her.
Teddy decides to get his life back on track, attending Night School so he can graduate. Along the way, Teddy is reunited with memories from his past and familiar high school class mates who are now grown up. Teddy's classroom is also full of other random characters, including a criminal who tunes into the class via Skype. Needless to say, all addition characters in Teddy's class are all here to try and delivery more comedy as the film progresses.
With Night School bringing Kevin Hart in as the leading man as well as many other familiar actors, I was completely surprised to say I found Night School extremely disappointing.
The film is clearly wanting to be a comedy film, but to my surprise, Night School has some of the worst comedy dialogue (scripting) I've seen in the line up of 2018 films. Sure, Kevin Hart does what he does best, carrying on with random outbursts and rants. But Night School fails because it gives us the exact same routine we always see from its actors (particularly Kevin Hart). To makes matters worse, many scenes are filled with other characters who are just having rants and the so called comedy dialogue can really go on for ages. In many cases, the dialogue was so poorly written that I found myself cringing as the film tried to fill up time with characters waffling and ranting about complete nonsense. These moments are forgettable and I don't feel anyone viewing would find any of this dialogue memorable.
As a plot, this film had the potential to be a great comedy. In fact, I'll go as far as saying the actors who surround Kevin Hart were also a great choice for this type of plot. It's ultimately the film's script that has hurt the film. Teddy (Kevin Hart) as a character is never really fleshed out nor given full resolution. There's a reason why this person failed high school and lies to his girlfriend, but all of the deep facts are mostly avoided and the reasons we do get in the film's climax and ending feel unjustified given the themes and message the film tries to shows its audiences. One example of this is when Teddy struggles to remember what he's learnt in school, so the solution is to have his teacher smash him up in a fighting ring until he remembers something he learnt in class... sigh.
Overall I found Night School to be a huge disappointment as a comedy film. The poorly written script, which allows many actors (Including Kevin Hart) to just waffle bad dialogue, stops the film from showing a creative story. The film also tries to get a little deep and give reason as to why our leading man avoided high school, but sadly how this film does it feel more like the deep message is skipped over and the film avoids what could have been a hard hitting message or any heart felt moments. I personally couldn't wait for the credits to roll on this one which is a complete surprise and shock considering how much I normally enjoy Kevin Hart.
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