Night School (2018) – Movie Review

Night School is a comedy directed by Malcolm D. Lee, about a successful salesman (played by Kevin Hart) whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his workplace and finds himself unemployed and unable to get the job he wants because he does not have his GED. He secretly joins a night school course with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher (played by Tiffany Haddish) in hopes that this will be a quick fix for his problem.

This film introduces a new chapter to the film industry where we can have inclusive, non-black comedies that are led by black characters. We went into this expecting to see a black film, which is typically what you get when a cast is led by black actors. We walked out pleasantly surprised at the diverse cast and the integration of different types of jokes and styles of comedy. The writing had Kevin Hart’s signature style all over it and the overall vibe of the movie was lighthearted and fun.

Night School confirms something fans have suspected since Haddish and Hart shared stories about their friendship and support for one another. It confirms that these two comedians have great creative chemistry. Both of their styles of comedy rely heavily on their quirky personalities and the balance they maintain between being authentically black while remaining relatable to people of all cultures. They are a comedic force with performances that bounce off one another effortlessly and set the tone for the rest of the cast.

It was nice to see Haddish try to embody a more serious and authoritative role, as she’s usually type cast as the hood girl with no morals. Haddish and Hart seem to be taking the lead in African-American comedy industry with best-selling books, merchandise, broadcasting platforms and have further cemented their place as currently the biggest names in comedy with upcoming films, including this one.

Although there are a few surprising moments that make the film worth the watch, the story itself is very predictable. The narrative doesn’t necessarily give you something you haven’t seen before and some of the weird technical choices can make it a little bit too silly. But this is a good time for someone who wants to watch a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s very apparent that the cast had a fun time working together.

by Zani Tsabedze

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