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Night School, starring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Taran Killam, is a fun movie that will take a lot of people by surprise. The film is about a group of hopefuls from different backgrounds who must pass their GED tests to advance in their lives. Throughout the film’s runtime, we see a good chunk of character development for most of the main characters. And of course, the laughs never seem to slow down at all from start to finish, and notable performances come from Kevin and Tiffany’s interactions and Mary Lynn who stole scenes at a time.
Recently I was graced with the opportunity to ask Mary a couple of questions during the recent group interview I had with her. We touched upon the theme of redemption that’s is very evident throughout the entirety of the film, and how Mary Lynn wanted the audience to feel after seeing the movie in general.
After asking Mary Lynn if she believed in redemption, Mary Lynn replied
“I think the other question would be ‘what is redemption?’ I believe in redemption. It’s like a basic human tenet. We should, and we must believe in redemption, but that brings into question all the levels of why, how, when, to what degree? I think its really hard because we live in such a big world and there’s such a reverberation of things that affect us but are happening outside of us.”
Secondly, I asked Mary Lynn how she wanted the audience to feel upon leaving theaters after watching Night School Mary Lynn chimed in by saying
“I’m really proud of this movie because I want everybody to, obviously, have a good time and laugh their asses off. It still has a lot of heart, and there’s great messages, so uplifting and laughter.”
Jumping back into the review, I think each character brought a couple of laughs and filled their rolls perfectly. I would’ve liked to see a few more adlibs from Rob Riggle because of his previous work, most notably Step Brothers. The scenes that featured Kevin and Tiffany were the most well received amongst the audience, and Mary Lynn’s scene with Taran Killam is one of the most memorable for me.
The romantic side of the movie falls short for me, this isn’t the main focus of the film, of course. However, it does drive the plotline forward and builds empathy and humanity towards Kevin’s character who comes off as a guy with too much pride just trying to do his best, which I liked.
Overall, Night School is fun on its own, but even more fun with friends and family. The movie is hilarious and exceeded my expectations. Character growth is evident, and the film ran at a smooth pace that never left me bored or overwhelmed during any scene. Tiffany, Kevin, Tarran, and Mary Lynn carry the film, with strong supporting roles by Rob Riggle, Keith David, and Romany Malco. So, go check it out if you’re interested! Night School is in theaters now!