Middle-aged men who behave stupidly have sadly become a cinematic staple in an era marked by the celebration of the refusal to grow up as a way of life. Any doubt that the new Netflix comedy starring Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg will break the trend is immediately dispelled in the opening moments with daring stunts (not performed by the stars, natch) and wide pratfalls set in the quiet time. Unfortunately, Time for myself is no longer refined from there.
Director/screenwriter John Hamburg (Polly came along, i love you man) has long shown a delight in finding humor in strong personality differences. Such is the case with best friends Sonny (Hart), a devoted father who stays at home to take care of his two young children, while his successful architect wife Maya (Regina Hall, too good for this sort of thing) supports the family, and fun – loving, commitment-phobic Huck (Wahlberg), whose name seems primarily intended to provide the opportunity for such catchphrases as “Let’s Get Hucked Up!”
Time for myself
It comes down to
Treat yourself to another movie.
Huck, who seems to spend most of his time planning his own elaborate birthday celebrations, eventually manages to convince Sonny to take some “me-time” and let Maya arrange the kids so he can meet Huck’s “Big 44” Burning Man-esque birthday event can attend in Death Valley. Go for hilarity when Sonny, who is more used to PTA meetings and school talent shows than experiencing nature, promptly engages in a life-and-death battle with a ferocious CGI mountain lion.
That’s just one of many misadventures for the hapless Sonny, especially after his jealousy gets the better of him when he suspects Maya has fallen under the spell of her ridiculously handsome, obscenely wealthy boss Armando (Luis Gerardo Mendez), who even shows up during her weekend away with the children at her elderly parents’ house. (They’re played by sitcom veterans John Amos and Anna Maria Horsford, who look like they lack the presence of a live studio audience.)
Sonny and Huck eventually break into Armando’s house, where they carry out such trivial acts of revenge as wiping his DVR, peeing in his pool, and Sonny taking a very subdued dump on his bedroom pillow (he sheepishly explains that he’s already felt his need before). had done that day). They also try to free Armando’s giant tortoise, leading to wacky pranks that reflect a misguided assumption on the part of the filmmaker that Hart mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a reptile is naturally funny.
There is not a single funny or unpredictable moment in the film, including the revelation that Huck’s seemingly carefree life is in fact in ruins and that he is deeply enthralled by the least threatening loan shark ever (Jimmy O. Yang), who is his hard-core female. enforcer does his dirty work for him.
The two stars have earned a lot of goodwill from the public over the course of their wildly successful careers. But that affection will probably be tested with too many underpowered comedic efforts like this one that relies on Hart’s live-wire annoyance and Wahlberg’s laid-back coolness (he has a nude scene early on, as if to reassure viewers that he lost all the weight of Father Stu) without offering anything new or interesting. Such jokes as Wahlberg’s character who proudly models his carefree lifestyle after George Clooney (before he got married and had children, of course) or the cameo appearance of singer Seal, who played and sings himself, what else, “Crazy”, smacks of despair at scriptwriting – just like every aspect of this hopelessly formulaic star vehicle.
Production companies: Special photos, HartBeat Productions
Cast: Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Regina Hall, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Jimmy O. Yang, John Amos, Anna Maria Horsford, Andrew Santino, Deborah S. Craig, Naomi Ekperigin, Drew Droege, Ilia Isorelys Paulino, Tajh Mowry, Carlo Rota , Che Tafari, Amentil Slee
Director-Scriptwriter: John Hamburg
Producers: John Hamburg, Kevin Hart, Bryan Smiley
Executive Producers: Lauren Hennessey, Mark Moran, Patricia Braga, Joe Gatta
Director of Photography: Kris Kachikis
Production designer: Theresa Guleserian
Editor: Melissa Bretherton
Costume designer: Leesa Evan
Composer: Jeff Cardoni
Cast: Rachel Tenner
Rated R, 1 hour 41 minutes