Me Time, Netflix’s latest popular movie, is far from a critics’ favourite. Yes, while Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg’s buddy comedy has held the #1 spot on Netflix since August 27 (a day after it was released), reviews are trying to steer people away from something else.
Additionally, Me Time’s popularity in Netflix’s streaming numbers collides with another strong detractor: viewership ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. (opens in a new tab). So while the review aggregator gives the film a score of 8% for critic reviews, the audience score is only 29%.
Like Echoes before it, Me Time feels like a movie that has made enemies left and right, while still amassing a huge audience. So let’s dive into what you should know about Me Time and whether you should watch it on Netflix.
Me Time explained: What is Kevin Hart doing right now?
The premise of Me Time is simple. Sonny (Kevin Hart) puts his family ahead of himself. His wife Maya (Regina Hall) knows that she needs some time for me. Then, Sonny gets a call from his old friend Huck (Mark Wahlberg), who is about to celebrate his birthday with a raucous party.
Sonny doesn’t want to go, but since this movie would be too boring without him, Maya forces the issue and takes the kids with her on a trip. Without Sony. Sonny then tries to have some relaxation time on his own, but that quickly backfires.
Tired and stained, Sonny gives up and goes to meet Huck. And he starts a buddy comedy on a road trip. They even go to a cut-down version of Burning Man. Sonny keeps getting into trouble, but soon finds ways to impress Huck and his friends.
While it seems that Sonny is letting out his inner maniac, he continues to hurt himself physically, with reasons to come home and stay there.
Me Time Reviews: What Critics Think
As noted above, Me Time has an abysmal Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 8%. The audience score, which I’ll get to later, isn’t much better. For Good Morning America (opens in a new tab)Peter Travers wrote that Me Time is both “silly and throwaway” and its “unpredictable visual banter doesn’t add to the free-for-all hoopla that everyone clearly intended.”
Frank Scheck in The Hollywood Reporter writes, “There are no funny or unpredictable moments in the film,” and that although Hart and Wahlberg “have earned considerable public goodwill throughout their hugely successful careers. But it’s likely that that affection be tested with too many sub-par comedic efforts like this.”
Tomris Laffly at RogerEbert.com (opens in a new tab) is slightly mixed in your review. He notes that “Search for this sometimes crude, sometimes overly concocted story and you’ll find worthwhile activities. Among them is a warm-hearted portrayal of an unconventional heterosexual marriage where the woman is the breadwinner, a celebration of friendship and some genuinely funny and unexpected moments that almost make up for the painfully clunky special effects.”
And while he notes that “some” of the film’s raunchier jokes “get it right and the rest don’t,” he ends his review by noting that Me Time “comes with enough rewards, nonetheless, thanks to an idiosyncratic group of lovable people who just need go a little crazy to survive as themselves”.
Me Time Audience Reviews: What People Are Saying
Me Time could be a Netflix movie that is more for fans than critics. But when it has a Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 29%? You start to wonder who it’s really for.
Ravi G says he “gave it a 1.5 because I was able to finish watching it at least a 1 otherwise. It had potential, but the story and dialogue were lacking,” while Miles S (who also gave it a 1.5 stars) wrote “In a word: unfunny. Poor acting. Poor story. I’d only watch it if I was high. But even then I might have a yawn. It’s always entertaining to see Mark Wahlberg throwing big punches, though, and I can respect that. It saves time. There are real quality movies out there. Movies you’ll actually laugh at.”
Stella S wrote a very upsetting 0.5 star review that harps on plot details (which I won’t spoil here). She says, “I loved the characters, I hate the whole ‘husband (Kevin Hart) is in the wrong environment” and I don’t like the lack of friendship development between Huck and Sonny. There’s (sic) a lot more that was wrong in This movie. There just isn’t enough time to write it all. Come on guys, you could have done better with character development and dialogue.”
However, Jeff P disagrees, with a 4.5 star rating and a review that simply says “This is so much fun! If you like to laugh, you must see this one.”
Me Time Perspective: Should You Watch Tonight?
Me Time, as you’ve seen above, isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel of comedy. Best viewed for those trying to kick back and watch a teen movie so gross that it’s funny it’s great for unplugging your brain and laughing.
In a way, it almost confuses us how he inspired so much frustration in the audience. It seems to be a simple way out, and this could be a case of miscalibrated expectations. So make sure you know what you’re getting into first.