Film: Me Time
Starring: Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Regina Hall, Jimmy O. Yang, Shira Gross, Illia Isorelys Paulini
Director: John Hamburg
Review: Klep Napier
Rating: 2.5X’s Out Of 5X’s
At this point I believe when it comes to Kevin Hart movies we should care not about if it’s a good movie, but who has the best chemistry along side the same reluctant, whinny, underdog persona Kevin delivers in every one of his buddy comedies. So, when it comes to ‘Me Time’, Wahlberg and Hart are a pretty decent team up, surrounded by a silly good time with more laughs than expected.
Now on his third Netflix film, and from the Director of I Love You Man and Along Came Polly, Kevin Hart (Sonny) manages to win us over with the same old tricks and gags he’s been doing since Ice Cubs Ride Along. This time around he teams up with Mark Wahlberg (Huck) as a stay at home dad who, after being pushed by his wife and friends to take some much needed “me time”, lands into all kinds of hilarious mayhem while simply just trying to step outside of the Mundane routine his life has become.
Me Time may be cliche in most places but where it differs is in its message or awareness about gender roles in American house holds. The bread winner vs the home maker label. Most of the jokes land right on time as the chemistry and comfortability that Hart has on screen shines bright while he basically struggles to carries this film on his back. Wahlberg steps in to play Kevin’s long time friend Huck who’s living his best life while constantly getting Sonny (Hart) into hot water every chance he unknowingly gets. Make no mistake, there is nothing fresh about Me Time, but its cast are the biggest highlights about this film.
Smaller, supporting characters like Jimmy O. Yang, Shira Gross, Illia Isorelys Paulini and Che Tafari, who plays Harts son, hold their own in a stand-outish way adding extra layers of fun. Even Actress Regina Hall ( Scary Movie) Joins the party in a more subtle roll necessary to the overall narrative, but it’s simply not enough to call this a stand out film under Kevin’s catalog.
Overall, consider this a date night film with no urgency to interrupt the “are you still watching” screen if you and your partner intentionally or unintentionally get distracted. Me Time is just another slapstick with heart and good intentions.