Night School’s plot is simple: a band of underdogs tries to make good of themselves. Despite the silly scenes and outlandish antics, the relatable cast of characters make the movie.
Teddy (Hart) wants the respect and admiration of the woman he loves (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and his dream job as a financial advisor. He’s less than ethical in his approach to obtaining his goals but later comes clean about his lack of education and even reveals some learning disabilities. His continuous banter with teacher Carrie (Tiffany Haddish) make for some funny moments, despite the profane and often offensive language. Carrie is stern but loving; her “by any means necessary” commitment leads to some unconventional teaching methods—in and out of the classroom.
The supporting cast often steals the scenes from Hart and Haddish, notably when they first come together. A single mother, a hyperactive father, a wannabe singer/songwriter and an inmate fill the class with laughs and life lessons.
The Dove Take
Night School scores neither an A nor an F. Hart and Haddish work well together, but some jokes land flat. Heartwarming messages of redemption, perseverance and faith can get lost among the profanity and obscenities. Not suitable for children under 18—or adults with sensitive ears.