brian-mcgee - June 1, 2018
One of last year's funniest films, Girls Trip introduced many of us to Tiffany Haddish, who is re-teaming with that film's director for the upcoming Kevin Hart vehicle Night School. It's not the most original premise for a film, and its six credited writers lead me to believe this one's going to be something of a mess, but don't discount the winning combination of Hart and Haddish.
Hart decides he wants his GED and so he enrolls in night classes taught by Haddish and also attended by a wackadoodle group of character actors including Rob Riggle, Romany Malco, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Former SNL'er Taran Killam is also on hand, as is Jean-Ralphio from Parks & Rec.
I suppose that even with a mediocre script, that seems to be a group of people who could make just about anything funny. Let's hope they manage to squeeze some laughs in between the hackneyed set-pieces like a boxing match and a late-night theft.
At the same time, Hart is coming off the biggest film of his career—and arguably his best performance—in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, so he's probably got enough juice to get above average productions going, rather than just settling for pat formulaic films like Ride Along. Night School opens September 28.
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