This Netflix comedy takes you around the life of a stay-at-home dad named Sonny whose life is all about taking care of his kids and his well-known architect wife, Maya. Sonny has no life outside his kids and wife and can be seen as a super dedicated househusband who is proficiently adept at what he does. Sonny never genuinely understands that he has been fixating on nothing else other than his kids until his wife and the other people around him give him the authenticity check. Initially unapproved of the conception of “me time’’, Sonny does give in at last. While his wife Maya decides to take an off from work and spend time with the kids at her parents’ house, we visually perceive Sonny taking off from parenthood and fixating on relishing his one week. This event gives us a glimpse of how his life turns around with wild adventures as he joins his old friend, Huck on his 44th birthday party travel.
However, throughout the movie, Sonny develops as a character as he understands and learns about himself what he authentically wants and where he stands. He had his insecurities, but we see him deal with all that coming to terms with his value towards the end of the movie.
This movie certainly has an underlying theme of ‘learning how to value yourself no matter what you are, but it's uncertain to say up to what extent the movie has been able to achieve this theme. The movie shows how sometimes external factors interfere in our lives and we lose track of what we genuinely want to focus on. The one week where Sonny gets his life out of control and how he gets back on track is a great example of the theme mentioned above.
Safe to say that the movie has endeavored to entertain the audiences with its fair quota of comedy scenes and dialogues. The movie however is a one-time watchable since it doesn’t show anything unexpected. But this doesn’t denote that it is completely off track. The movie does offer some scenes which are eminent and exhilarating, especially during the “birthday travel” scenes.
The chemistry between Kevin Hart (Sonny) and Mark Wahlberg (Huck) has been commendable and can definitely count as one of the countable entertaining factors of the film which can keep you hooked from the beginning till the end.
The movie however can be considered to not achieve a good connection with the audiences but still somehow manages to stay in touch. It does culminate with a dynamite conception Sonny comes up with for his future, and something which we cannot overlook is BTS’s Dynamite playing during the ending scenes of the movie as Sonny carries out those plans. "Me Time" could thus be missing the mark or the x factor, but with its light comedies it can still make up for your me time movie lists.
Final Score – [6.5/10]
Reviewed by - Poornima Balsu
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