Night School

YOU (South Africa) - - LEISURE - COM­PILED BY SAN­DRA VISSER – BUHLE-BETHU QATYANA

Com­edy. With Kevin Hart, Tif­fany Had­dish and Rob Rig­gle. Di­rec­tor: Mal­colm D Lee. 16LPV.

Teddy Walker (Hart) is a high school dropout who’s man­aged to carve out a com­fort­able life for him­self as a seem­ingly suc­cess­ful bar­be­cue sales­man. But just when it seems he’s hit the jack­pot with his job and his love-life, things take a turn for the worse and his house of cards comes crash­ing down.

To keep up the façade of his com­mer­cial ac­com­plish­ments, Teddy has to at­tend night school to get his ma­tric cer­tifi­cate and se­cure a po­si­tion as a fi­nan­cial con­sul­tant be­fore his du­plic­ity is dis­cov­ered. With the help of his night school teacher, Car­rie (Had­dish from Girls Night), and his mot­ley crew of class­mates, Teddy learns there’s no el­e­va­tor to suc­cess.

Night School is a solid com­edy that de­liv­ers noth­ing more and noth­ing less than what it prom­ises – slap­stick com­edy and side-split­ting rib­bing be­tween the mis­fit char­ac­ters. It won’t win any awards but it’s guar­an­teed to en­ter­tain.

The com­bi­na­tion of Hart’s and Had­dish’s brand of hu­mour – as well as that of their sup­port­ing cast – is like a well-oiled ma­chine. Their con­stant back-and-forth seems al­most un­scripted, which adds to the hi­lar­ity of their de­liv­ery. But what re­ally makes the film worth­while is the touch of emo­tion around which most of the com­edy is man­u­fac­tured.

A sat­is­fy­ing pop­corn flick in the vein of Ride Along (2014) and Get Hard (2015).

Car­rie (Tif­fany Had­dish) tries to help Teddy (Kevin Hart) com­plete his high school ed­u­ca­tion in Night School.

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