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Night School (2018)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 September 2018 (USA)
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A group of high school dropouts are forced to attend night school in hope that they'll pass the GED exam to finish high school.

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Malcolm D. Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Hart ... Teddy
Tiffany Haddish ... Carrie
Rob Riggle ... Mackenzie
Romany Malco ... Jaylen
Taran Killam ... Stewart
Megalyn Echikunwoke ... Lisa
Al Madrigal ... Luis
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Theresa
Keith David ... Gerald
Anne Winters ... Mila
Fat Joe ... Bobby
Ben Schwartz ... Marvin
Yvonne Orji ... Maya
Bresha Webb ... Denise
Jeff Rose ... Isaac
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Storyline

In 2001, high school student Teddy Walker drops out of school when he finds himself unable to concentrate during a crucial test. Years later, in 2018, he works as a barbecue grill salesman while dating a wealthy woman named Lisa, having developed a careful financial strategy that allows him to maintain the illusion that he is better off than he actually is. However, his life falls apart just as he learns that he is going to inherit control of the store when the current manager retires. As he proposes to Lisa in the shop, Teddy accidentally triggers an explosion when a champagne cork pops open a gas tank, with the manager taking the insurance from the explosion and running away..

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug references and violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night School See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,257,615, 30 September 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,339,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,982,380, 6 January 2019
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Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The geometry problem on the board that Kevin Hart solves is actually a very basic 3-4-5 right triangle, which can be used to demonstrate the pythagorean theorem. See more »

Goofs

When Teddy and his classmates are sneaking in the Principal's office, Teddy says to Theresa she needs to stall the principal, but she thought she needed to flirt with him. She then starts talking about hearing a guy saying "I'm gonna crack that up like a walnut.", but her mouth actually says "...crack that butt like a walnut.", which was used in the trailer. See more »

Quotes

Mila: Aren't you a little old to be a pop-star?
Luis: Aren't you a little young to die?
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Connections

References Lean on Me (1989) See more »

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Everybody Get Up
Written by Vito A. Colapietro II (as Vito Colapietro), Neely Dinkins Jr., Heavynn Gates, Blake English
Performed by Heavynn Gates (as Heavynn)
Courtesy of Riptide Music Group
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Hart and Haddish manage to make a funny movie out of mediocre material
28 September 2018 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

Night School, a comedy starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, delivers exactly you would expect from a comedy starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. It peppers in plenty of jokes, some hit while others miss so badly that they can hardly be recognized as attempts at humor. There's such an eclectic mix of silly, sweet and ridiculous that's the result of six writer patching together the script. It easily could have been a disaster if not for the talented ensemble of on-screen talent.

Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee once again displays his aptitude for letting Haddish showcase her personality. She is equally a force when imposing her gruff edge and when showing her softer side as a no-nonsense teacher who leads the night school class for those prepping for the GED. That's where she meets Hart's character, Teddy, a serial hustler in life who lost his sales job and now must pass the GED to begin a new job in finance and impress his successful fiancé. Everyone in the night school class has their own reason for being there, but I question the logic of it all in 2018 because their desired career opportunities would be more likely to require a college education than only high school.

Nevertheless, Hart's classmates include a mom who got pregnant in high school (Mary Lynn Rajskub), a oddball conspiracy theorist (Romany Malco, who is hilarious in his limited role), and large man who is an even larger doofus (Rob Riggle), to name a few. Give Riggle credit for his commitment. He consistently pours his heart into every line with the sincerest of effort, even the ones he must have known had no chance at eliciting even a chuckle. Some of the other performers have more to work with but each achieves maximum laughs from the mediocre material.

The jokes mostly come from the most obvious places, which comes across as lazy writing. There's about three too many sight gags, one of which is admittedly hilarious despite being disgusting to point that it's impossible not to look away. The other physical humor ploys, including over-the-top comic violence, grow tired quickly.

The script hits the pause button on jokes, it unveils a heart beneath it all. These tender moments aren't exactly masterful, more like gooey to the point just shy of eye-roll worthy. But them credit for trying. All considered, this movie earns a passing score that could have been better if the filmmakers had just put in a little more work.


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