In a scene in “Me Time,” the new Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg Netflix comedy, Hart’s character Sonny enjoys a day to himself for the first time in a very long time. He has committed himself to being a stay-at-home father to his two children for many years (the very cute Che Tafari and Amentii Sledge). While his wife Maya (Regina Hall) is at work, he manages the household and prepares meals that would make an Instagram influencer proud. We’re informed that she’s a successful architect, but we’ll get to that later.
Sonny has a simple plan for his free day: he wants to play golf. He wants to locate a barbecue area underneath. Additionally, he wants certain other things done in secret. However, nothing proceeds as he had anticipated. Unfortunately, his lackluster experience mirrors that of seeing the movie. “Me Time” manages to waste a strong concept, an impressive cast, and a limitless budget. It didn’t even need to be particularly good in this apparent period of a lack of comedic movies. However, given the parties involved, it ought to be much better.
Wahlberg was prepared to go all out as Huck, including some nudity. Even though his role never really makes much sense, he gets to play a high-rolling party animal, which has its moments. Hart, in contrast, continues to live comfortably in his role as a somewhat stressed family guy. Although he is skilled at it, we have seen it done many times. Even yet, watching both actors switch up their usual comedic partners is enjoyable. Additionally, even though the two actors appear to be enjoying themselves, the movie never really gets its footing and frenziedly jumps from one half-baked idea to another, far too many of which include someone shoving something down their trousers.
There is always a certain amount of imagination involved when it comes to the financial reality of characters in major Hollywood comedies. It typically refers to a comfortable yet understated middle- or upper-class way of living. It is personable, a little ambitious, and only intended to serve as a backdrop. The riches on show in “Me Time” is plain disturbing. Perhaps it’s just a reflection of the times when so many people are struggling and housing in large cities like Los Angeles is more costly than ever.
This is irritating because you can see the potential, but all of these little issues would be irrelevant if the film were consistently enjoyable or humorous. “Me Time” fell short of expectations. The Motion Picture Association has given the Netflix film “Me Time” an R rating for “short drug use, some sexual content, and profanity.” 104 minutes total running time. Four out of five stars are one and a half.