Arriving on the heels of their highly successful (and deeply funny) “Girls Trip,” filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee and star Tiffany Haddish are back in business with another comedy, this one bolstered by the additional star wattage of co-star Kevin Hart. The trio have teamed up for “Night School,” which sets Hart as a previously very successful salesman (the trailer amusingly plays up just how he became “previously” successful) and Haddish as his slightly beleaguered night school teacher, an inspired pairing that if there ever was one.
Partially written by Hart himself (alongside quite a cadre of screenwriters, including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nicholas Stoller), the film revolves around Hart’s character, a whiz-bang BBQ salesperson who seems especially adept at figuring out what his customers need, whose entire life blows up (literally) after an ill-advised proposal to his long-time girlfriend.
Thrust back into the real world, he’s forced to contend with a cruel truth: he never got his high school diploma, and it’s keeping him from pursuing some new (and necessary) career paths. Enter the eponymous Night School, where he meets a murderer’s row of other GED-hopefuls, plus Haddish as his no-nonsense teacher and Taran Killam as a principal with one very unseemly habit. High jinks, we can only assume, ensue. (And probably a very funny, but weirdly touching graduation scene.) Check out the trailer below.
“Night School” opens on September 28.