Why Him?

Why Him?

John Hamburg (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Every father's nightmare is explored in this foul-mouthed comedy, starring Bryan Cranston as a straight-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 number 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.


A protective dad is far from thrilled when his daughter begins dating a foul-mouthed playboy millionaire, who has made his fortune with the kind of technology that is driving their own old-fashioned printing company out of business. A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when he realises the object of her affections is about to pop the question. Comedy, starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco and Zoey Deutch.

Cast & Crew

Ned Fleming Bryan Cranston
Laird Mayhew James Franco
Stephanie Fleming Zoey Deutch
Barb Fleming Megan Mullally
Gustav Keegan-Michael Key
Scotty Fleming Griffin Gluck
Tyson Modell Adam Devine
Missy Pederman Casey Wilson
Kevin Dingle Zack Pearlman
Blaine Pederman Andrew Rannells
Director John Hamburg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Dec 2016