Night School Parent Guide
This profanity laden, sexually suggestive movie provides an education all right. Just not the type you want for your kids.
Parent Movie Review
High school dropout Teddy Walker (Kevin Hart) has managed to get by despite his limited education. After years of work as a barbecue salesman, he’s in line to inherit the company from his friendly boss. Even better, he’s dating Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke), a gorgeous and wealthy professional, who’s thrilled when Teddy buys her a ring and gets down on one knee. What Lisa doesn’t know is that Teddy’s overspending and desperation to impress her has stretched his funds to the limits. He’s so broke, he plants his own hair - from a part of his body we can’t mention here – on his plate at a restaurant to get out of paying the bill. But pretty soon this crass loudmouth is forced to come to terms with his unsustainable lifestyle when he loses his job. To get the kind of employment that will earn the respect of his successful fiancée, Teddy must first pass a GED exam and earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. That means joining a handful of other adults in attending night school classes.
Under the direction of no-nonsense teacher Carrie (Tiffany Haddish), who’s not afraid to cuss with the rest of them, Teddy soon learns he’ll either have to do the work or cheat the system. And Teddy is not a “do the work” kind of guy. Rallying his clueless classmates, Teddy charms, cheats, lies and schemes - anything to hasten his overdue graduation. How could it possibly go wrong?
While built around an interesting concept, this raunchy romp includes a whole potpourri of profanity - everything from racial slurs, terms of deity, misogynist remarks, and a sexual expletive - to say nothing of the slang terms liberally sprinkled amongst the movie’s almost constant sexual banter. Women are seen lounging in skimpy underwear and skin tight dresses, and none of the characters in this film prove to be model citizens. Teddy’s classmates include an incarcerated criminal who communicates with the class via video call and punches out his rivals to the delight of his night school audience. Other attendees are a youngster who faces juvenile detention for hiding drugs in her locker, and an unhappy mother who, in one uncomfortable scene, begs the school principal for sexual favours to escape the drudgery of her marriage. By comparison, even Teddy’s compulsive lying and overall delinquency seem upstanding.
Also of concern are moments of comedic violence—Carrie’s unorthodox teaching methods include tackling students in a wrestling wring, beating them with a belt, and punching faces until she hears satisfactory answers. Characters fall off buildings, strangle one another into unconsciousness, and pummel each other with fists—all accompanied by noisy sound effects. Overall, this trashy return to high school antics has no class at all.Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Starring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Anne Winters. Running time: 112 minutes. Theatrical release September 28, 2018. Updated September 28, 2018
Rating & Content Info
Why is Night School rated PG-13? Night School is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug references and violence
Violence: A building explodes, throwing a character against a car windshield. A car is backed into a flag pole. A character slams walls and doors with a baseball bat. A prison fight is partially seen and includes punching, kicking and throwing. A character is strangled into unconsciousness, other characters contemplate killing him. A character falls from the roof of a building, landing on a variety of objects on the way down. A character is punched repeatedly, wrestled to the floor and held in a headlock. A character is chased and slapped with a belt. A character discusses bondage sex with a spouse.
Sexual Content: Sexual conversation and language is rampant throughout. Characters discuss pubic hair, sexual practices, teenage pregnancy, and various bodily functions. A woman is seen in skimpy lingerie, other women are seen in tight fitting clothing. A character is seen reaching inside the front of his pants. A married woman makes advances on an unmarried man using crude language and gestures. Characters employ suggestive dance moves at a party.
Profanity: The script uses a wide range of profanity (75 instances of coarse of sexual language), including racial slurs, terms of deity, scatological terms, and a sexual expletive. Much of the language is used in a sexual context. Characters discuss sexual practices, and one suggests an interest in bondage sex. Other language includes insulting dialogue and a variety of slang.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Social drinking is seen periodically. One character has been charged on drug related offences, and drug and tobacco use are discussed but not seen on screen.
Page last updated September 28, 2018
Night School Parents' Guide
Teddy is pretending to be someone he’s not in order to impress a girl. Why do people fall into the trap of pretending to be richer or smarter or more socially prominent than they really are? Are you ever tempted to lie to impress someone? What can you do to be secure in your sense of who you are? What are your distinct talents and abilities?
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In Disney’s animated classic Aladdin, the lead character lies about how rich and powerful he is to impress a girl.
Educating Rita tells the story of a woman who finally seizes the opportunity to go to university.