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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 (143) | 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…

Audience Reviews for Why Him?

Quite funny. Especially the earlier parts of the film.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

Typical raunchy, showy and crude hollywood comedy film. There are some really funny moments but these cliche romantic comedies don't need all this money to have interesting characters. Franco is solid and really funny, one of the better films from him, away from the dire boring and not well made films he crams out like Nicolas Cage.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

Super Reviewer

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