A nice mix of ro­mance and com­edy

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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 should be right up your alley.

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 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.

Af­ter ac­ci­den­tally set­ting his work­place ablaze, Teddy’s best friend Marvin (Ben Schwartz) tells him he can or­gan­ise him a job as a fi­nan­cial ad­viser if Teddy can get his GED.

This sees him go­ing back to his high school, where an old ri­val is now the hard-nosed prin­ci­pal, Ste­ward (a scene-steal­ing Taran Kil­lam).

The night class is taught by Car­rie (Tif­fany Had­dish), an over­worked but truly car­ing teacher.

There are some emo­tional mo­ments when 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.

Teddy then gets help from Car­rie through a spe­cial study method to help him try to fo­cus and re­mem­ber what he has learnt.

How­ever, Teddy goes on to write and fail his GED sev­eral times, but nev­er­the­less, 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.

LEARN­ING THE HARD WAY: Night school teacher Car­rie (Tif­fany Had­dish) gives Teddy (Kevin Hart) a text­book to study in or­der to pass his GED test, but he schemes up a way he can cheat his way to pass­ing

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