Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
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Kevin Hart is a “love him or hate him” type of comedian. When he first burst out onto the comic scene some years back he was reasonably funny and had a great schtick as the “little guy” (quite literally in fact). It was funny, decently fresh, and I liked his stand up routine. However his style hasn’t really changed at all over the course of the last decade and his admittance into film acting means he’s bringing the same tired old jokes into each and every movie. He’s loud, obnoxious, and completely unfunny in this humble reviewers opinion. I’ve chuckled here and there, and if offset with a good leading partner (or put in a side roll) he’s actually not that bad. I loved Central Intelligence due to his and The Rock’s chemistry, but everything the man has done in a leading role has been underwhelming at best.
With Night School we are getting more of the same. If you’ve seen one Kevin Hart film, you know exactly how this one will play out. Kevin plays a veritable man child, obnoxiously vehement about his lack of social and physical stature, and dating WAY over his pay grade (both in looks and finances). He has to go prove something to the world and himself, complete with shrieking and squealing like a 12 year old until he inevitably comes out on top. Cue the credits rolling, the end.
Teddy (Kevin Hart) is not your greatest student. The day of his SAT test he panics and runs out of the building, becoming the only person in his immediate family to have not graduated high school. Years later he’s got a great girlfriend named Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke), a fancy Porsche, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand is barely making ends meet as a BBQ salesman. He’s over stretched, over stressed, and over compensating as he’s getting ready to make his highly successful girlfriend into his bride. After he destroys his boss’s BBQ company (literally), Teddy is offered a finance position by his best friend. The only catch is that he has to get his GED in order to be considered for the job, and that means that Teddy has to buckle down and get it.
Night School doesn’t bring much new to the table. You know exactly what you’re going to get before going into the film, and you get exactly that. Kevin Hart is an annoying man child, and Tiffany Haddish is the most over rated comedian of our times. I honestly do not understand the appeal of the woman as she can’t tell a joke to save her life. Even her last stand up gig bombed so horribly that it was actually news worthy for a week or so this last month. Rob Riggle does his normal goofball schtick, and it’s really only Mary Lynn Rajskub (everyone’s favorite tech nerd in the Kiefer Sutherland series 24) that made me crack a smile every once in a while. In fact, this is probably the film’s worst flaw. It’s not that it’s painful to the extreme. It’s not that it’s bad script. It’s just that the actors aren’t FUNNY in their roles. I think I cracked a smile twice, and the rest of the time I spent looking at the screen with a puzzled look on my face wondering if this was actually supposed to be a comedy.
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug references and violence (Theatrical) / Not Rated by the MPAA (Unrated Cut)
4K Video: Video:
• Feature Commentary with Director Malcom D. Lee
• Alternate Opening
• Deleted Scenes
• Gag Reel – Prepare to laugh (or cry) yourself silly through this hilarious montage of behind-the-scenes antics performed by the cast of NIGHT SCHOOL.
• NIGHT SCHOOL'S In Session – Ring the bell as we introduce you to NIGHT SCHOOL's band of misfits.Who's the Student? Who's the Teacher? – Fans were thrilled to see friends Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish starring in their first film together. In this piece, the comedy titans give us their backstory on how they became ride-or-die friends more than a decade ago.
• Prom Night Revisited – Take a trip down memory lane as the cast of NIGHT SCHOOL looks back at their own high school proms. You'll never guess who dressed up as a famous movie character and who never made it to the dance at all.
• Cap 'n Gown 'n Giggles – Teddy may deliver a heartfelt graduation speech, but behind the scenes cast and crew were exploding with laughter as Kevin Hart's speech turned into a full blown standup comedy show.
• Making of the Dance Battle – Take a sneak peek into the dance rehearsal of the infamous prom night dance battle.
• Christian Chicken – When Teddy gets a sign from the Lawd to sell precious poultry, it only makes sense that he take it global. Check out this never before seen Christian Chicken commercial that was simply too delicious to air.
• Game Over – Our favorite misfit, Teddy may be the class clown but he's not fooling the ladies who keep him in check. Watch as Kevin Hart joins cast mates Yvonne Orji and Megalyn Echikunwoke to discuss the complicated relationship between Maya and Teddy.
• Extended Performance "El Sueno" – Every prom needs a hit song and this extended version of Luis's original "El Sueno" is sure to make you swoon.
Night School boasts some great technical specifications here. The Blu-ray is great, the 4K UHD looks even better, and the extras are pretty solid considering how poorly they’re usually treated on home video these days. However, it can’t get past the one major flaw of the entire package, the movie itself. Kevin Hart’s one trick “schtick” has long since worn out it’s welcome, and while I did love Central Intelligence (pretty much only because of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the man just doesn’t hit my funny bone. The same thing goes for Tiffany Haddish, who is being rammed down consumer’s throats even though she can’t tell a joke to save her life. Rob Riggle’s inclusion automatically means the movie is going to be dumber than a brick, and with Kevin Hart playing his normal “shrieking man child”, I couldn’t find much to like about the movie. Personally, it’s a low rental at best, and skating really close to an auto “skip it” rating as it is. Proceed with caution.
Starring: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Romany Malco, Al Madrigal, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Keith David, Taran Killam
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
Written by: Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matthew Kellard, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1, HEVC
Audio: English: DTS:X, (DTS-HD MA 7.1 Core), Spanish DTS 5.1, French DTS-HD HR 7.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Rated: PG-13 (Theatrical) / NR (Unrated Cut)
Runtime: 116 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: January 1st, 2019
Recommendation: Low Rental