Me Time is the type of movie that is becoming too common of Netflix here lately. I heard a comment online that Netflix is becoming basically a Redbox that doesn’t smell like urine. Granted, they’ve always had a lot of misses, but here lately, it seems they aren’t even aiming for the target. They’re just staggering around like an old drunk in a western firing and letting the bullets hit what they hit.
Me Time is one of those big misses that you’d find on cable news premiums years ago that you remember seeing a commercial for a year earlier so you switch it on the television on a weekend afternoon only to realize why you don’t remember it. It’s full of a bunch of bad jokes and bad plots taken from far better movies. John Hamburg is the writer and director and he’s behind many Ben Stiller comedies (Meet The Parents and the sequels, Along Came Polly and Zoolander) from the 2000s, where this movie would’ve set in well.
The movie is about two life-long friends reconnecting in their 40s after one of them settles down. Sonny Fisher (Kevin Hart) is a stay-at-home dad who actually enjoys the day-to-day duties as his wife, Maya (Regina Hall) is a successful architect. They have two children and things seem to be going well as they live the suburban dream. In his 20s, Sonny and his friend, Huck Dembo (Mark Wahlberg) did a lot of wild things. The movie opens on them getting ready to paraglide until sonething wrong happens.
Years later, Huck contacts Sonny about joining him for his 44th birthday celebration coming up. Maya decides to take the kids away to her parents, Gil and Connie (John Amos and Anna Maria Hosford) for a few days giving him a little “Me Time.” But when he tries to enjoy himself through some unfunny simple pleasures that result in him vomiting from eating too much at a barbecue (har-har), he decides to take Huck up on his birthday.
Huck claims to be living it up in his 40s and he’s got a charter bus on to his own Burning Man style of party celebration. But Sonny soon learns there’s more to Huck than what it seems. This leads to a lot of misdeeds and things going wrong resulting in them at one point trying to steal the pet tortoise of Maya’s boss. I guess they were trying to play on The Hangover stealing Mike Tyson’s pet tiger. But anytime there’s a subplot about stealing a pet animal, they’ve ran out of ideas.
The other problem with this movie is a constant problem I’ve had with these movies for the past 15-20 years in which each actor tries to get the last laugh so that it’s just a bunch of comments that aren’t witty nor fuinny. To say I really can’t think anymore to write or nor do I want to comment any further on this movie is an understatement. Consider this a warning to skip it if you see it streaming.
If you need background noise, it works. If you’re looking for a fresh new comedy, look elsewhere.
What do you think? Please comment.