The films of writer-director John Hamburg (Why Him?) are renowned for utilizing unexpected friendship and love pairings to create resonant comedic effects and hidden opportunities for character development. Mark Wahlberg learns to accept responsibility for his actions in his most recent picture, while Kevin Hart gains a sense of spontaneity.
Although Hamburg’s screenplay may not measure up to his previous efforts, Hart and Wahlberg will make the most of the material by flawlessly timing their quips. Nothing of note occurs in Me Time, but there are plenty of simple chuckles to be enjoyed on a Friday evening.
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Sonny Fisher (Hart), a devoted husband and “Super Dad” to his successful architect wife Maya (Regina Hall) and their two children Ava (Amentii Sledge) and Dashiell (Che Tafari), is in desperate need of some alone time. Sonny is a devoted stay-at-home father, president of the PTA, and director of the school talent show for his children.
When Maya offers to take the kids away for some quality mother-child time during the spring break, Sonny is left alone and bored. Sonny reconnects with his former best friend Huck Dembo after being released from his obligations and fatherly duties (Wahlberg). What begins as a relatively low-key celebration of Huck’s 44th birthday becomes a weekend that threatens Sonny’s status as a family man.
In Me Time, Hamburg examines adult hesitation and the process of selecting work options through the character of Huck. However, instead of digging deeper into these approachable concepts, he uses Wahlberg’s Huck as the catalyst for Sonny’s upcoming issues.
The plot would have benefited from a heavier reliance on these notions, particularly to illustrate the contrast between the two protagonists’ lifestyles. Huck has difficulty letting go of his reputation as a party animal and lifelong bachelor, which causes him to run into trouble. Sonny is uninteresting, but his life is in order. Me Time gives reliable chuckles and emotional moments when necessary, but the depiction of the relationship between Huck and Sonny is inconsistently executed.
Despite the fact that Netflix’s most recent comedy adds nothing original or exciting to the comedy genre, viewers can still expect a respectable viewing experience that should keep them interested on a drab Friday evening. Through the characters of Sonny and Huck, Hamburg’s lessons about self-care and exploration are made abundantly obvious, even though it just touches the surface of important topics like as stay-at-home fatherhood and adult sloth. Me Time is not a particularly groundbreaking addition to Netflix’s repertoire, but it is a reliable source of laughter for those seeking a getaway from their own hectic lives.