Three to see


Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Spotlight -

HIGHER learn­ing fails ev­ery test ex­cept base hu­mour and lazy racial stereo­types in di­rec­tor Mal­colm D Lee’s comin­gof-mid­dle-age com­edy.

Based on a script cred­ited to six writ­ers in­clud­ing lead­ing man Kevin Hart, Night School re­vises the tropes of high school movies since The Break­fast Club but can’t muster an orig­i­nal thought in al­most two hours.

Teddy Walker (Hart) is the lead­ing sales­man of grills at Joe’s BBQ City in At­lanta.

But if he wants to se­cure a well-paid ca­reer and take care of his girl­friend Lisa, the high school drop-out must go back to the class­room to pass his Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tional De­vel­op­ment test (GED).

Teddy en­rols in night classes with a mot­ley crew of mis­fits in­clud­ing Jaylen (Ro­many Malco), as­pir­ing singer-song­writer Luis (Al Madri­gal), proud fa­ther Macken­zie (Rob Rig­gle), un­happy mother Theresa (Mary Lynn Ra­jskub) and teenage repro­bate Mila (Anne Win­ters), who is be­grudg­ingly at school to avoid ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion.

A con­vict called Bobby (Ja­cob Bata­lan) at­tends re­motely via video.

The group’s no-non­sense teacher, Car­rie (Tif­fany Had­dish), warns that she will not tol­er­ate time­wasters.

Night School grad­u­ates with­out a sin­gle de­cent laugh with Hart’s flawed hero grat­ing on the nerves.

Nar­ra­tive arcs trace pre­dictable paths and the fi­nal 10 min­utes are be­set with cloy­ing sen­ti­men­tal­ity. Missed it at the cinema or on TV? We round up the best stream­ing and DVD re­leases of the week

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