Mark Wahlberg has caused a stir with all three of his films released in 2022 becoming sizeable hits on Netflix. Firstly, Uncharted, which starred Wahlberg alongside Tom Holland, sat comfortably in the Netflix top 10 for several weeks after the film was added to the streaming platform earlier this year. This week, Wahlberg’s two other 2022 films can be found in the Netflix top 10, one of which is basking in poll position.
This week, Father Stu, a sentimental tale of a former boxer who decided to become a priest, has hit the top spot following its addition to Netflix last week. The film was directed by Rosalind Ross in her directional debut this summer. As well as starring in the lead role, Wahlberg offered his production expertise for the project. The cast also includes appearances from Mel Gibson and Malcolm McDowell.
The film has audiences divided with mixed reviews, with a current score of 6.5/10 on IMDb and 42% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, with this week’s chart surge on Netflix, it appears there must be something appealing about this boxing biopic.
The Netflix synopsis for Ross’ Father Stu reads: “After a failed boxing career and a near-fatal motorcycle wreck, a man finds healing in Catholicism and decides to become a priest. Based on a true story.”
A few rungs down the top 10 list on Netflix lies Me Time, a comedy in which Wahlberg stars alongside Kevin Hart. Released earlier this summer, Me Time quickly made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Film critic Mark Kermode gave an honest and comical review that labelled the film “one of the worst I’ve ever seen”. The film has broken unwanted records as it plummeted to a mere 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. Me Time seems to have marked a career low for both Wahlberg and Hart.
Despite the poor reviews, the film has enjoyed high streaming figures on Netflix, likely thanks to the curiosity of the headline readers – there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
Watch the official trailer for Father Stu below.