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‘Me Time’ Marks New Low for Modern Comedy

So much talent. So few laughs. Hart, Wahlberg can't save disastrous bromance

Some of our best comedy directors have either quit or fallen down on the job.

Todd Phillips, sensing the woke revolution would smite his funny bone, left the genre for supervillain fare like “Joker.” “Knocked Up” auteur Judd Apatow, poisoned by Trump derangement and handcuffed by wokeness, no longer brings the funny like before.

Now, it’s John Hamburg’s turn to tumble.

Hamburg’s name isn’t as well known, but his track record speaks for itself. He directed the charming “I Love You, Man” and the agreeable “Why Him?” Plus, he wrote both “Zoolander” and “Meet the Parents.”

He knows his way around a laugh. Except you wouldn’t know it watching “Me Time.”

ME TIME | Official Trailer | Netflix

Kevin Hart stars as Sonny, a house husband of the first order. He has everything under control while his high-powered wife Maya (Regina Hall) brings home all that bacon. Sonny loves his life until his male friends suggest it’s hardly a life worth living.

Meanwhile, Sonny’s oldest friend is itching for a reunion. That’s Huck (Mark Wahlberg), a true Peter Pan type who lives for adventure. Sonny would rather crush it on Instagram than relive his youth, Huck style.

 

Sonny reluctantly reunites with his old chum after Maya suggests she take the kids for a change.

What wacky high jinks will Huck inspire next? Will the film’s pedestrian first act lead to anything worthwhile? And does Hamburg have any idea where all of this is going, or why?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“Me Time” starts with some promise. Hart’s Sonny isn’t someone we see every day on screen, a contented stay-at-home Dad whose wife worries she’s missing out on her children’s special moments. That role reversal is increasingly common in society, and it’s ripe for some observational humor.

The film delivers few laughs in the early going, but one senses a foundation being built. We’ll give it a chance. It doesn’t take long to regret that posture.

The recent “Vacation Friends” played up the party couple who drag friends into their chaos far better than anything in “Me Time.” And that Hulu original proved mediocre to the core.

Vacation Friends Trailer #1 (2021) | Movieclips Trailers

Here, we get one strained sequence after another, from a turtle kidnapping to a wacky Uber driver meant to steal the film.

Spoiler Alert. There’s nothing to steal.

Hart is in his element, playing an Everyman dropped into extreme circumstances. He co-produced “Me Time,” but we’re getting to the point in his career when we wonder if he’ll ever snag a legitimately good comedy, not clunkers he elevates with his wit.

Wahlberg is game for just about anything, including a naked stroll early in the film. His character makes no sense, though, nor does much of what happens in the second and third acts.

Hamburg essentially throws up his hands and starts cribbing from previous comedies. We get the Big Emotional Speech, wildly unearned. There’s a kiddie talent competition, too, something we’ve seen before.

We’re treated to a musical detour featuring a chipper cameo, but the moments add nothing to the story.

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If “Me Time” has a selling point, it’s in how it doesn’t wallow in woke. Our mismatched buddies aren’t the same race, but it never comes up. They’re lifelong friends who look past skin color, and it’s refreshing.

That said, when Sonny’s young daughter asks Daddy if she has male genitals, he says no but suggests she could one day.

Even the film’s dramatic core can’t revive the story mid-film. A loan shark, played by a miscast Jimmy O. Yang, threatens Huck with a hard dose of reality.

What’s left? A comedy so devoid of purpose that you’ll think a rank amateur stood behind the camera. Instead, it’s a director who needs a refresher course on his own comedy highlights.

HiT or Miss: “Me Time” offers a crush of talented stars wallowing in material leagues beneath them.

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3 Comments

  1. “when Sonny’s young daughter asks Daddy if she has male genitals, he says no but suggests she could one day.” Uh….I’ll pass on this one.

  2. Totally agree. Once the penis part happened, I lost all interest. Sorry but she can’t have a penis. Sure, she might be able to get something sewn on that resembles a penis but it won’t be. It will never work just like a penis does and will never, ever do what a penis is designed to do. Sorry, I can’t grow a bay inside of me and you can’t create one with what’s inside of you. Not how it works, folks.

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