‘Me Time’ Review: Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg in Sub-Par Netflix Buddy Comedy
Middle-aged males appearing stupidly has sadly change into a cinematic staple in an period marked by the celebration of refusing to develop up as a lifestyle. Any doubts that the brand new Netflix comedy starring Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg will buck the development are instantly dispelled within the opening moments that includes daredevil stunts (not carried out by the celebs, natch) and broad pratfalls that wouldn’t have been misplaced within the silent period. Sadly, Me Time doesn’t get any extra subtle from there.
Director/screenwriter John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, I Love You, Man) has lengthy demonstrated a delight for locating humor in robust persona variations. Such is the case with finest pals Sonny (Hart), a loyal dad who stays residence to care for his two younger children whereas his profitable architect spouse Maya (Regina Hall, too good for this type of factor) helps the household, and fun-loving, commitment-phobic Huck (Wahlberg), whose identify appears primarily meant to supply the chance for such catchphrases as “Let’s Get Hucked Up!”
The Bottom Line
Treat your self to a different film.
Huck, who appears to spend most of his time planning his personal elaborate birthday celebrations, lastly succeeds in persuading Sonny to take some “me time” and let Maya deal with the children so he can attend Huck’s “Big 44” Burning Man-style birthday occasion in Death Valley. Cue the would-be hilarity as Sonny, extra used to PTA conferences and faculty expertise reveals than experiencing nature, promptly will get right into a life-and-death tussle with a ferocious CGI mountain lion.
That’s solely one among many misadventures for the hapless Sonny, particularly after he lets his jealousy get the higher of him when he suspects Maya of falling below the spell of her ridiculously good-looking, obscenely wealthy boss Armando (Luis Gerardo Mendez), who even reveals up throughout her weekend getaway with the children at her aged dad and mom’ residence. (They’re performed by sitcom veterans John Amos and Anna Maria Horsford, who seem like they’re lacking the presence of a reside studio viewers.)
Sonny and Huck wind up breaking into Armando’s residence, the place they carry out such petty acts of revenge as erasing his DVR, peeing into his pool, and Sonny taking a really demure dump on his bed room pillow (he sheepishly explains that he had already relieved himself earlier that day). They additionally try to set Armando’s large pet tortoise free, which ends up in wacky shenanigans that replicate a misguided assumption on the filmmaker’s half that Hart performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a reptile is inherently humorous.
There’s nary an amusing or unpredictable second within the movie, together with the revelation that Huck’s seemingly carefree life is definitely in shambles and he’s deeply in hock to the least threatening mortgage shark ever (Jimmy O. Yang), who lets his tough-as-nails feminine enforcer do his soiled work for him.
The two stars have earned appreciable good will from audiences over the course of their vastly profitable careers. But that affection is more likely to be examined with too many sub-par comedian efforts resembling this that familiarly commerce on Hart’s live-wire exasperation and Wahlberg’s laid-back coolness (he has a nude scene early on, as if to reassure viewers that he’s misplaced all the load from Father Stu) with out offering something recent or fascinating. Such in-jokes as Wahlberg’s character proudly modeling his carefree way of life after George Clooney (earlier than he received married and had children, in fact) or the cameo look by the singer Seal, enjoying himself and singing, what else, “Crazy,” smack of screenwriting desperation — as does each side of this hopelessly formulaic star car.
Production corporations: Particular Pictures, HartBeat Productions
Cast: Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Regina Hall, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Jimmy O. Yang, John Amos, Anna Maria Horsford, Andrew Santino, Deborah S. Craig, Naomi Ekperigin, Drew Droege, Ilia Isorelys Paulino, Tajh Mowry, Carlo Rota, Che Tafari, Amentil Sledge
Director-screenwriter: John Hamburg
Producers: John Hamburg, Kevin Hart, Bryan Smiley
Executive producers: Lauren Hennessey, Mark Moran, Patricia Braga, Joe Gatta
Director of pictures: Kris Kachikis
Production designer: Theresa Guleserian
Editor: Melissa Bretherton
Costume designer: Leesa Evan
Composer: Jeff Cardoni
Casting: Rachel Tenner
1 hour 41 minutes