(2018) (Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Comedy: Hoping to keep his fiancée from learning he's been faking his financial status, an unemployed man goes to night school to get his GED.
- Nearly two decades after dropping out of high school, Teddy Walker (KEVIN HART) has a good job in sales at a barbeque grill store and a loving girlfriend in Lisa (MEGALYN ECHIKUNWOKE). But his longtime friend from high school, Marvin (BEN SCHWARTZ), is concerned that Teddy is living beyond his means, what with driving an expensive sports car and always picking up the check whenever they're out, all to impress Lisa who's unaware of his faked lifestyle.
When his store is destroyed in an accident, Teddy hopes that Marvin can help him get a job as a financial analyst, but that can't happen without Teddy getting his GED. Never a good student -- due to undiagnosed learning disabilities -- Teddy thinks he can hustle his way into getting that without putting in the work, but two obstacles stand in his way. One is that his former Piedmont High School nemesis, Stewart (TARAN KILLAM), is now the principal there. The other is that the overworked educator who teaches the night school classes, Carrie (TIFFANY HADDISH), will have no part of any such shortcuts.
Accordingly, and while working in a fast food restaurant during the day, Teddy enrolls in the night classes along with a small number of fellow students. There's Mackenzie (ROB RIGGLE) who wants to step up from worker bee to management at a moving company; Jaylen (ROMANY MALCO) who's been replaced by a robot at his last place of work and thus distrusts technology in a paranoid sort of way; and Theresa (MARY LYNN RAJSKUB) a stay-at-home mom who dropped out of high school long ago when she got pregnant. There's also teenager Mila (ANNE WINTERS) who needs a GED to avoid going to jail on drug charges; Bobby (FAT JOE) who attends class via Skype due to being in prison; and former waiter Luis (AL MADRIGAL) who got fired due to Teddy faking a food sanitation issue at the restaurant where he worked.
But once the classes start, Teddy must not only contend with his learning disabilities once again getting the best of him, but also Stewart trying to sabotage his efforts.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of Hart, Haddish or anyone else in the cast they might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug references and violence.
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