Say Goodnight to “Night School”

Camryn Marshall, Columnist

The hit movie “Night School” has made a big impact at the box office, having already reached over $101 million in sales worldwide over the course of its release. This 2018 film stars Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, and Rob Riggle, and is a hard-hitting comedy filled with endless irony, character contrast, and a classical twist.

This film follows Teddy Walker (Kevin Hart), a high school dropout who must venture to night school, an adult learning program that is taught at night to accommodate work schedules, to earn his GED. After ruining his chances at his own company, he goes in hopes of creating better career opportunities for himself and to impress his fiancée, Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke). During his time in night school, Teddy becomes closer with his classmates who all share different backgrounds, creating a hilarious contrast in the classroom.

While the movie has received mixed reviews from critics, the casting reviews have been consistently positive. Common Sense Media states, “Haddish and Hart are a comedic dream team: Her blunt, ‘oh-no-you-didn’t’ style is the perfect foil for Hart’s brand of ‘let me explain’ humor,” and she couldn’t be more accurate. The cast does an astounding job executing their script with effective intellect, but also allows the audience to have a good laugh from their blocking alone.

The plot, however, has been deemed scattered, unorganized, and unfocused. Chris Agar from Screen Rant states, “Night School is a by-the-numbers and forgettable studio comedy that fails to realize the full potential of its promising cast and concept.” Although the movie’s plot provides an optimistic outcome, its course of action is not at all effective or enjoyable for the audience. You may find yourself waiting for the comedy to distract from the actual plot. “Night School” includes six credited writers, and the end result definitely proves there were “too many cooks in the kitchen.” The film’s main narrative comes across as a mess of ideas strung together in a manner that lacks natural flow and story progression. The only solid idea is that Walker needs to get his GED.

If you find yourself looking for a good laugh, “Night School” is the movie for you, but know it will not satisfy the needs of a decent script or plot that follows any sort of organization. The film’s only success was casting hilarious actors, but the writing butchered any chance of a good review.