Boy, Oh Boy, Do Parents Deserve Some Me Time

The Stream: In the end predictable

The Big Screen: A few laugh out loud moments mixed with a good story of adult-ing balance

The Final Bill: A great pairing between Wahlberg and Hart makes for some ridiculous moments

– S2S: Movie Review
Director: John Hamburg
Writers: John Hamburg
Stars: Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Regina Hall
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R
Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
Production Companies: 5150 Action, Hartbeat Productions
Platform: Netflix released August 26, 2022
Notable Trailers: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (fka Knives Out 2), Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol,

Welcome back to the stream-a-thon we call life. This weekend we were able to watch Netflix’s and Kevin Hart’s, Me Time. The movie follows a dad, Kevin Hart, who is forced to find time for himself for the first time in years. While the wife and kids are away, the cat will play. He reconnects with a friend, Mark Wahlberg as Huck, for a wild weekend. Hijinks ensue. Let’s see what this Netflix premiere has for us.

Me Time is a nice predictable parent comedy. The storyline is what it is and we’ve seen it before, especially in the Hart line-up of films recently. Yet, I’m not going to shy away from this one. I was having a tough daddy day, and this movie couldn’t have resonated and made me laugh more. When you have a 7-month-old out cold, the last thing you want to do is bust out laughing multiple times in fear of them waking up. Child, Me Time got me a few times. I really thought Hart had fallen off a bit and Wahlberg was going to be too Boston Wahlberg, but I was wrong. The pairing really worked, or maybe it was the writing and ad-libs that were particularly in rare form. I couldn’t help but feel superiorly entertained by the end of the movie, even though I found the storyline somewhat predictable.

On top of the main duo, the cast of characters were just fun and hilarious. My guy Tahj Mowry made an appearance and while not funny, he was enjoyable. Andrew Santino, who you might enjoy from the FX show Dave, put on a show in an overused character trope for this type of movie. Ilia Isorelýs Paulino almost stole the movie, if she didn’t. Those are just to name a few, but what I appreciate is the use of some names and faces that you recognize from other shows and movies but aren’t necessarily the household names. They aren’t the main characters here but they definitely all get to share the spotlight. Speaking of spotlight, my guy Linus kills it.

S2S: Official Rating Scale

Long story short, Me Time was a nice streaming comedy option. You know what you’re going to get from Wahlberg and Hart in the comedy realm, but the surrounding cast and circumstances enhance their antics just a bit further. I’m actually glad this movie came out on Netflix. It may have been worth it in the theater but as a streaming option, it is pure gold when you least expect it. Grab a big box of popcorn, let a load off and crack up a bit after a long work, parenting, adult-ing week.