Night School, With Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Megalyn Echikunwoke, directed by Malcom D Lee. 4/5
If you are into comedy and a bit of romance then Night School is the movie for you to watch.
Teddy Walker (Kevin Hart) is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn’t think he’s too bright.
Teddy has been called dumb most of his life. Back in his Atlanta high school he freaked out while taking a standardised test and dropped out. Still, Teddy has carved out a successful career selling barbecue equipment and has a beautiful fiancée Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke), though he goes to great financial lengths to impress and keep her around.
A romantic interlude with his girlfriend at Teddy’s workplace leads to the premises going up in flames and him out of a job. His best friend Marvin (Ben Schwartz) tells Teddy he can get him a financial adviser job if Teddy can get his GED.
This leads him back to his high school, where an old rival is now the hard-nosed principal Steward (a scene-stealing Taran Killam) and there’s a night class taught by Carrie (Tiffany Haddish), an overworked but truly caring teacher, who ends up being the teacher for the night school class, with a number of slow old people.
The central pairing also gets some emotional moments where Carrie takes Teddy aside to figure out why he’s having trouble learning. When Teddy is faced with maths and word problems, shapes and letters jump off the page and buzz around him like bothersome bees.
He gets special help from Carrie through a special type of studying to make him remember and focus, and writes and fails the GED several times, because he is not willing to quit.
With both humour and poignancy, this is definitely a movie to see if you are into romance and want to laugh at the same time.