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Why Him?

  • Comedy
  • 2016
  • John Hamburg
  • 111 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco. Ned Fleming and his family are invited by his daughter Stephanie to spend the Christmas holidays at her new boyfriend's place in California. However, Ned's overprotective nature soon drives a wedge between him and Laird Mayhew, an unorthodox but sincere tech billionaire who is intent on making Stephanie his bride.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Every father's nightmare is explored in this foul-mouthed comedy, starring Bryan Cranston as a strait-laced suit in the print publishing business whose cherished daughter (Zoey Deutch) falls for an eccentric tech millionaire (James Franco). Pushing a very old formula to its limits, nothing in the film will come as much of a shock (aside from perhaps the language). A reversed Meet the Parents scenario (director John Hamburg was a writer on that film) unfolds with a glut of physical gags, and a well-intentioned if vague moral of the story about accepting change. Cranston is perfectly deadpan and not afraid to make a fool of himself, while at the other end of the spectrum Franco is a charismatic, cranked-up gag machine. The film's finer moments, however, come from the supporting players, most notably Megan Mullally's mischievous mother who produces a stream of hilarious, improvised comebacks. Why Him? is awkward at times and some viewers may find the dialogue offensive, but like the title character, it has enough innocent charm to win you over.

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Credits

Cast

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Ned FlemingBryan Cranston
Laird MayhewJames Franco
Stephanie FlemingZoey Deutch
Barb FlemingMegan Mullally
GustavKeegan-Michael Key
Scotty FlemingGriffin Gluck
Tyson ModellAdam Devine
Missy PedermanCasey Wilson
Kevin DingleZack Pearlman
Blaine PedermanAndrew Rannells

Crew

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DirectorJohn Hamburg

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2016-12-26
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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