I can honestly say that this is the best Kevin Hart movie that doesn’t have The Rock in it that I have ever seen. Now, that’s really not saying a lot because up until this movie, I couldn’t stand any of his flicks. But what about Ride Along? Hated it. Couldn’t even finish it. So the bar was pretty low to beat.
I think that Kevin does best when he has A-list talent to work with. For example, in both Central Intelligence and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle he had The Rock to work with and that chemistry was fantastic. In this movie, he has the incredibly talented Tiffany Haddish to work off of, and it works well. This is why this movie was able to get the 2.5 Icees (out of 5) that it received.
The movie starts off with typical Kevin Hart comedy (on its way to a 1.5 or a 2) and then the Tiffany comes in and changes everything. In this movie, she played the one under control and it worked great with Kevin being Kevin. There just wasn’t enough of that. Just like there wasn’t enough of the rest of the class. I would have liked to have seen more of Rob Riggle and the crew. Instead of this movie being about Kevin and his night school experience, this movie would have been much better if it were an ensemble movie about everyone. They made some really funny and interesting characters to put around Kevin, but we just didn’t get to see enough of them.
Also, I would have liked to seen more backstory on Tiffany’s character. She is an amazing comedic actress and this movie didn’t do nearly enough to highlight that.
For the die-hard Kevin Hart fans, I am sure you will love this movie much more than the 2.5 Icees I have given it. However, for the rest of us, this movie was ok (it didn’t get 1 Icees for Pete’s sake), but it wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been.
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