Night School is just a poorly made comedy, one which I did not laugh once and goes to show perhaps Kevin Hart’s limitations when he doesn’t have the right director, material and even ensemble cast to work off of.
Universal Studios | PG13/Unrated – 111 min. / 116 min. – $34.98 | January 1,2019
Date Published: 12/25/2018 | Author: The Movieman
Universal Studios Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.
THE MOVIE — 1.0/5
Plot Synopsis: When accidentally destroying his workplace gets salesman Teddy (KEVIN HART) fired, he can’t find another decent job unless he finally gets his GED. But two major things stand in his way: Carrie (TIFFANY HADDISH), a teacher with no time for grown-up class clowns, and Stewart (TARAN KILLAM), Teddy’s high school nemesis-turned-principal who will do anything to see him fail. Now every school rule is about to be broken when they all go head-to-head in a wild battle of wits, pranks, and lessons you can’t learn in books.
Quick Hit Review: It’s hard to decide which was a worse comedy of 2018: Night School or Life of the Party. Both movies feature talented comedic actors and both delivered very little laughs, if any at all. Kevin Hart, like Melissa McCarthy, seems to play the same type of character and this one is no different. Even Tiffany Hadish, who received plenty of praise for her role in Girls Trip (a movie I also didn’t care for), is a victim of the poorly written script, which was co-written by Hart himself, so he is at least partially to blame, albeit he was one of FIVE writers. That is a sign of a quality script if I ever saw one…
The biggest issue, beyond some surprisingly bad or lazy performances from an otherwise talented cast is the jokes, or “jokes” I mean, go on too long. For instance, early on in the film, there’s a dinner scene in which, stuck with a large bill, Teddy decides to get out of it by planting pubic hair on a piece of desert. F*cking Hilarious. Anyway, it’s a scene that could’ve easily been cut down and this is only one of many that stretched this to a nearly two hour running time when 90-minutes would’ve been sufficient, albeit the only effect would’ve been to put me out of my misery..
The movie was directed by Malcolm D. Lee whose track record, at least for me, hasn’t been the best. Along with the aforementioned Girls Trip, Lee also helmed such comedy greats like Undercover Brother, Scary Movie 5 and Barbershop: The Next Cut. High quality comedies. I would say I was disappointed but the trailers didn’t do much for me and even though I do generally like Kevin Hart, this material did not adhere to his talents.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5
This release comes with a title-embossed slip cover and inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. There is also an Extended Cut which runs about 5 minutes longer. Needless to say, I didn’t bother watching this version.
Audio Commentary with Malcolm D. Lee
Night School’s In Session (13:33) is an introduction to the ensemble cast.
Who’s the Student? Who’s the Teacher? (2:33) – Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish give their backstory on how they became “ride-or-die” friends more than a decade ago.
Prom Night Revisited (3:07) featurette has the cast take a trip down memory lane talking about their own high school proms.
Cap ‘n Gown ‘n Giggles (2:08) is on the cast and crew cracking up during Teddy’s “uplifting” graduation speech.
Making of the Dance Battle (3:45) is a sneak peek into the dance rehearsal of the prom night dance battle.
Christian Chicken (0:40) is a fake commercial for this chicken joint
Game Over (1:46) is a chat with Hart, Yvonne Orji and Megalyn Echikunwoke on the complicated relationship between Maya and Teddy.
There are 6 Deleted Scenes (13:27), an Alternate Opening (6:29) and, as you can imagine, a Gag Reel (11:04). Apparently the 4K version includes another Gag Reel.
Last up is an Extended Performance of “El Sueno” (2:40).
VIDEO – 4.5/5
|Universal releases Night School presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and given a good 1080p high-definition transfer which is generally bright considering the “comedic” (and I use that term loosely) tone. Detail appears sharp and well defined throughout and there were no apparent signs of aliasing or artifacts.
AUDIO – 4.5/5
|The release comes with an overly-robust but still nice DTS:X track which is a bit of an overkill yet there is good depth especially for the score and soundtrack along with the clear dialogue coming via the center channel.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Overall, Night School is just a poorly made comedy, one which I did not laugh once and goes to show perhaps Kevin Hart’s limitations when he doesn’t have the right director, material and even ensemble cast to work off of. The Blu-ray release has great video/audio transfers and a good selection of bonus material.
Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.