In a single early scene in Me Time, Kevin Hart’s irritatingly instructive Sonny tells his little one to cease watching movies of stand-ups and do their keyboard follow as an alternative. “Sufficient with the comedy,” he says — a line of recommendation which this very unfunny movie appears to have sadly taken to coronary heart.
Hart’s Sonny is a really passionate dad or mum, typically to a fault. While his spouse Maya (an underutilised Regina Corridor) works as a profitable architect, Sonny cooks the meals, carries the luggage and helps construct the Lego units at house. Though loving, he’s additionally a little bit of a dictator, controlling as a lot of his kids’s education as attainable, and even spying on them of their bedrooms to ensure they’re finding out. As helicopter dad and mom go, he’s a shoo-in for squadron chief. Enter outdated good friend Huck Dembo (a Mark Wahlberg identify which may high his Transformers moniker Cade Yeager), the macho man-child who can present Sonny the errors of his home methods, with per week of debauchery.
The movie avoids, for essentially the most half, any actual probing of the untrusting, power-hungry, unstable dynamics of Sonny’s marriage.
HuckChella, a birthday celebration that’s extra Fyre Pageant than Coachella, begins the mayhem. The occasion is quickly crashed by a violent mortgage shark, diverting the story in the direction of a generic plot-thread about debt assortment. The main target then shifts to the frenzied jealousy of Maya’s employer; then to a home occasion with a weird cameo from Seal — and all through, an alarming quantity of supposedly humorous animal abuse. The movie avoids, for essentially the most half, any actual probing of the untrusting, power-hungry, unstable dynamics of Sonny’s marriage; as an alternative, spiralling chaos fills the void of any emotional journey.
One spotlight is Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, whose intense, anarchic Uber driver steers the movie into most of its laughs. However bar these chuckles (in addition to one well-placed gag after a efficiency of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’), Me Time will make you need to clock out.