Tiffany Haddish led the audience in a prayer before the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie Night School, starring comedian Kevin Hart.
The comedic actress joined cast members and celebs at the Los Angeles premiere of Night School, which follows a group of troublemakers who are forced to attend night school to earn their GEDs.
Haddish plays Carrie Carter, a single mother-of-three who uses humor and unorthodox techniques to teach her students. Hart plays Teddy, a dyslexic who is forced to attend night school to get his life back on track.
After reading reviews that bashed the new flick, Haddish led the cast and invited guests in prayer at the screening on Monday night.
“I’m so excited for y’all to see it because it’s really good. I hope you wore a panty liner, because you gonna pee a little bit,” she joked, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m so happy I got to work with so many wonderful people, and I can’t wait to work with y’all again. I think we should pray for the movie. Heavenly father. Thank you for this opportunity to share our talent with the world. I hope that it brings joy and happiness to everyone. And just make sure everybody looks good and Kevin looks tall in it!”
After Tiffany concluded her prayer, the guests responded with a chorus of “Amens”.
Night School marks the first film made by Kevin under his HartBeat Productions banner. And even though he wasn’t originally slated to star, he knew he had to cast Tiffany, 38,
after seeing all the attention she received from her role in 2017 hit movie Girls Trip.
“I’ve seen this individual rise into the star that she is today,” he said. “She was the first call. The first thought. And the energy and synergy just made sense, because she came off a movie that Malcolm Lee directed called Girls Trip. And the success of that movie was unreal, but her performance was mind-blowing. And I said, ‘We have to include her in what will be my first film.’ Because I feel like she is the piece that I need to (complete) the puzzle.”
But critics have not been kind to Night School. After giving the comedy a barely passing grade, The Hollywood Reporter wrote: “Night School has a lot to learn about how to live up to its potential, but it squeaks out a passing grade in the end.”
And Variety.com says the movie “spends too much time playing it safe.”