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Why Him? (2016)



Critic Consensus: Solidly cast but overall misconceived, Why Him? offers the odd chuckle, but ultimately adds disappointingly little to its tired father-vs.-fiancé formula.

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Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned's panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

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Bryan Cranston
as Ned Fleming
James Franco
as Laird Mayhew
Zoey Deutch
as Stephanie Fleming
Megan Mullally
as Barb Fleming
Griffin Gluck
as Scotty Fleming
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Critic Reviews for Why Him?

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (27)

I'm not going to lie. I laughed - just not as frequently or as hard as I would have liked to.

December 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It all works in theory. But the execution's off.

December 23, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Uneven but funny enough ...

December 23, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Like "Meet the Parents," but littered with F-bombs, "Why Him?" is a holiday comedy that never quite figures itself out.

December 23, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

For this puerile farce, director John Hamburg recycles a tired premise -- a straitlaced father disapproves of his daughter's freewheeling boyfriend -- and then drowns it in moose urine (really).

December 22, 2016 | Full Review…

What say we tiptoe quietly away and pretend this movie never happened?

December 22, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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With a good main cast I expected this to be much better, That's not to say it's a bad film as it's not but the story plods along never taking advantage of certain scenes to really get the laughs rolling, There's some funny moments but not really enough to be memorable but I do have so much respect for Bryan Cranston and James Franco so it's hard for me to hate this film.

Jamie Clarke
Jamie Clarke

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Jacob Smith
Jacob Smith

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James Franco is raunchy, but sometimes he's so over-the-top, that his films start out funny, and half way through it's just not that funny anymore. When you use your best lines and dirtiest bits in the first half-hour, an hour later, you're hard pressed to out due yourself. The writers of Why Him? tried to combat this problem, by taking Franco's large than life personality and combining it with the dry humor and physical comedy of Bryan Cranston, and the results were mixed. It's holiday season and Stephanie Fleming (Zoey Deutch), wants her parents to meet her new boyfriend, only she doesn't want to tell them anything about him before hand, because if she did, they probably wouldn't come. They are quiet, reserved suburbanites from Cleveland, and he's a dot com millionaire from California, who loves anything new and unusual. As the two sides of Stephanie's life combine, hilarity ensues or at least it's supposed to. Bryan Cranston and surprisingly young Griffin Gluck had the best lines, and were involved in the funniest moments of this film. As for James Franco, once again, he was too much and he has to realize that every comedic role he takes isn't Pineapple Express. The role here calls for eccentricity, not raunchy and stupid. Right from the start and all the way through, every other word out of his mouth was fuck, and every stunt he pulled was more immature than the next. It takes a lot away from the film, especially the ending, which was just ridiculous and simply doesn't fit with the rest of the movie. The bottom line, the story is interesting, Bryan Cranston is always great and Griffin Gluck was a riot. The film definitely has it's moments, but every time you think it's about to turn a corner, Franco shows up to drop a million F bomb, talk about his penis, and preform stunts better left to the stoner movies.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

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