Mark Wahlberg enjoyed working ‘Me Time’ movie

Mark Wahlberg had “fun every day” while filming ‘Me Time’ he has revealed

The 51-year-old actor plays Huck Dumbo in the Netflix comedy film and loved working together with co-star Kevin Hart and director John Hamburg.

“I was able to just go to work and have fun every day.

“John created an amazing environment for everybody, not just myself, Kevin and Regina (Hall), but for everybody to be at their creative best and try things.”

With his family away, a devoted stay-at-home dad enjoys his first me time in years by joining his hard-partying old friend on a wild birthday adventure.

The film follows Sonny Fisher (Hart), a stay-at-home dad who decides to take some time away for himself by reconnecting with Wahlberg’s character for a weekend birthday trip, and the comic was impressed with ‘The Departed’ star’s work ethic.

Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Che Tafari also star. Kevin said: “Seeing Mark come to work, sit in his chair and talk to the cast and crew, this is a guy who’s been doing it for years!

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with good people that respect and love the craft, and I hope that never changes.”

Hart’s character Sonny gets a day to himself for the first time in a long time. For years, he’s devoted himself as a stay-at-home dad to his two kids (the very cute Che Tafari and Amentii Sledge). It’s a job he takes very, very seriously, making Instagram influencer-worthy lunches and managing the home while his wife Maya (Regina Hall) is working. She’s a successful architect, we’re told, but we’ll get to that later.

Sonny has a modest vision for his day off: He wants to golf. He wants to find an underground barbeque spot. And he wants to do a few other things in private. But nothing goes the way he hoped it would. Unfortunately, his underwhelming experience is similar to that of watching the film itself. “Me Time” somehow squanders a solid premise, a stacked cast and a seemingly unlimited budget. It didn’t need to be anything great in this movie comedy drought we seem to be in. But considering who was involved, it really should be better than it is.

Regina plays Hart’s wife in the movie and likened her own busy career to that of her architecture alter ego Maya Fisher.

She said: “It’s certainly (about) understanding how it is to try to have balance between work and, honestly, me time, being able to have quality time with yourself and anyone you love.”

Mark had to film a nude scene for the project and struggled with the “embarrassing” experience.

“Day two was great because I got to put my clothes back on. Day one was rough. I was only wearing sneakers. It was a bit embarrassing but other than that it was all good. It was just such a fun environment. You know, I mean, I never laughed so much in my life.”

“Me Time” was written and directed by John Hamburg, who also did “I Love You, Man” and “Along Came Polly,” and it is as fine a premise as any to pair a standard straight man with a wild and crazy friend from his youth. In this case that friend is Huck (Wahlberg). We meet them celebrating Huck’s 29th birthday. His wild activity that year is BASE jumping, which provides a lively and promising start for the film that then comes to a complete halt. “Me Time” cuts to 15 years later and spends far too much time establishing Sonny’s home life instead of just getting him back with Huck as soon as possible.

As Huck, Wahlberg was clearly ready to go all out, including some nudity. He gets to be a high-rolling party fiend, which has its moments even though his character never really makes much sense. Hart, meanwhile, stays in his comfort zone as a slightly frazzled family man. It’s something he’s very good at, but also something we’ve seen many times before. Still, it’s nice to see both try a different comedy partner out instead of their go-to co-stars. And though the two actors seem to be having fun together, the film never really finds its lane, frenetically jumping from half-baked bit to bit, too many of which involve someone sticking something down their pants.

There’s always a bit of fantasy involved when it comes to the financial realities of characters in big Hollywood comedies. It is often used to signal a middle to upper middle-class life that is comfortable without being flashy. It is relatable and slightly aspirational and something that is just supposed to be background. Perhaps it’s just a sign of the times, when so many are struggling and housing in big cities like Los Angeles is more expensive than ever, but in “Me Time,” the wealth on display is downright distracting.

Huck’s costly lifestyle and elaborate Kardashian-like parties turn into a bit of a plot point when a loan shark (Jimmy O. Yang) comes after him for $47,000 — which seems like a lot but also not enough for someone who shells out thousands of dollars to have a personal raw bar in the desert and a tour bus wrapped with pictures of himself. And then there’s the perplexing question of why Maya, who her billionaire client (Luis Gerardo Méndez) says is “the best architect in the world,” lives in a cookie cutter Sherman Oaks home that looks like it’s been lifted out of a 1990s sitcom. Maya is just one of the very underwritten characters at play here, and Hall definitely deserved better.

These are all quibbles that would be beside the point if this movie was consistently fun or funny, which is frustrating because you can see the possibilities here. “Me Time” just missed the mark.

Full cast Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Regina Hall, Tahj Mowry, Jimmy O. Yang, Carlo Rota, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Andrew Santino, Melanie Minichino, Deborah S. Craig, Thomas Ochoa, Che Tafari, Amentii Sledge, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Chau Long, Kieran Roberts, Alexis Rhee, Phillip Brandon, Sharon Gardner, Michelle DeShon, Antione Grant, Kayden Alexander Koshelev, Connie Chen, Brad Lee Wind, Shyaam Karra, Noah Staggs, Carlos Javier Rivera, Prisca Kim, Paul Riley Fox, Jameelah, Amanda Barlow, Sydney Skidmore, Michael Krause, Shira Gross, Diane Delano, John Amos, and Anna Maria Horsford.

“Me Time,” a Netflix release streaming Friday, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association for “brief drug use, some sexual material, language.” Running time: 104 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.

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