Me Time, the new Netflix comedy starring Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg, received an absolute beating from the critics.
The film, which arrived on the streaming platform this morning (August 26), sees Hart playing Sonny, a stay-at-home dad who is suddenly gifted with some “me time” for the first time in many years when his wife offers to take your kids away for an extended break.
With time on his hands, he decides to reconnect with Wahlberg’s Huck Dembo, a longtime bachelor who is throwing an epic birthday party for himself, which may kill Sonny in the process.
Produced by Hart, the film was written and directed by John Hamburg, the man behind comedy hits like I Love You, Man and Why Him?, while Regina Hall, Jimmy O. Yang, Luis Gerardo Méndez and Andrew Santino are among the supporting cast.
With Hamburg, who also wrote films like Meet The Fockers and the 2017 hit Hart Night School, and Wahlberg and Hart’s solid record of knockabout comedies, you’d think we’d be in a banker, but critics weren’t sold. Not by a long shot.
How bad are we talking?
Too bad. Yet, the movie has a stinking 8% on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab)among critics. Often, comedies like Me Time are not rated well, but they score well with the audience. Not this time, viewership ratings so far have dropped by a horrible 12%.
ABC News’ Pete Travers slammed his boot in, calling the film “hungry with laughter” as well as “overwhelmingly stupid and disposable”. There.
Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab)was a little nicer, but also disliked the film, signing with the message that Me Time is a “…hopelessly formulated stellar vehicle”, but Deadline Valerie Complex (opens in new tab) was as harsh as Travers, writing that it is “…really impressive how bland this movie is”.
Theo Bugbee of the New York Times (opens in new tab) was as critical of the film’s production as it was of the script, stating that there is a “…flatness that seems apparent in every take – and not just because the film is shot in bright, low-contrast lighting”.
The only positive review so far has come from The only critic Nate Adams (opens in new tab), who gave the film a B and wrote that nothing in Me Time “… will shock but make you laugh.” Not exactly effusive, but when you’re average, take what you can.
Analysis: A lot of people will still watch, right?
Probably. The Man From Toronto, Hart’s latest partnership with Netflix, which dropped in late June, averaged 24% on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab). He still spent two weeks at the top of the Netflix’s Global 10 (opens in new tab)with over 100 million hours of viewing. People love Kevin Hart.
It is worth saying that 8% is a new low for Hart. He was never a critical favorite, and blockbusters like Ride-Along, Get Hard and The Wedding Ringer all made their mark in his teens and 20s, but Me Time is his current nadir.
Still, the 365-day erotic drama duo scored 0% and managed over 100 million watch hours each. So, with the star power of Hart and Wahlberg and a quiet week in theaters and streaming services, we expect to see Me Time at number one on the Netflix movie chart next week.