Kevin Hart is one of the funniest people alive right now and one of the hardest working. He still does arena shows as a stand up comedian on top of starring in a handful of films every single year; one only has to follow him on social media to see that he’s always working.
Night School is the sort of film that makes you wish he’d take some time off.
Simple premise. Teddy (Hart) is a high school dropout living above and beyond his means. When his engagement goes awry, and he loses everything, he’s left with one plan: get his G.E.D and become a financial analyst.
It’s disappointing because it feels like Hart is starting to fall into the same trap as Melissa McCarthy; every film is “this time Kevin Hart screams, falls down and curses while he (insert the activity here).” Hart is game for the task; he’s trying hard and his comedic chops are on point. It’s just that there’s not much to work with.
Night School has a genuinely intriguing premise, too, which is all the more disappointing. Trying to better oneself after something as life ruining as dropping out of high school is a noble purpose. It’s just there’s only so much screaming from Kevin Hart and only so little comedy in it.
A handful of extras that don’t add much are included.
Universal presents Night School. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Written by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matt Kellard, Nicholas Stoller,John Hamburg. Starring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish. Run Time: 111 minutes Rated R. Released on DVD: 12.26.2018