The Morning After: Oct. 1, 2018

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Night School

The originality in Nigh School comes largely from its humor and its finale, but the rest of the film is a paint-by-numbers back-to-school comedy that thankfully has a roster of talented comedians to bolster its otherwise lackluster construction.

Kevin Hart plays a High School dropout who has gotten by on his charm and charisma, but after a freakish turn of events, must go back to night school and get his GED or risk his out-of-his-league girlfriend (Megalyn Echikunwoke) finding out that he’s little more than a liar. Tiffany Haddish plays the no-nonsense night school teacher who cares deeply about her students’ success, but takes no shit from any of them. Along for the journey are Taran Killam as the school principal and Hart’s High School nemesis, Keith David as Hart’s aggressive father, Ben Schwartz as Hart’s best friend from High School and the present, and fellow classmates Mary Lynn Rajskub, Anne Winters, Rob Riggle, Romany Maclo, and Jacon Batalon. While most of this cast is quite funny, Haddish and Hart work well together, but never top Rajskub’s scene stealing.

While sitting in the theater, it’s easy to be consumed with laughter by the material provided, but once you step foot outside, it’s impossible to think back on the movie and find much in the way of inventiveness. The storyline is heavily recycled, appearing in countless similar films, and even the humor exists elsewhere even if not in this particular configuration. Night School is a film that features plenty of enjoyment, but all of its empty and ultimately unimpressive.

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