Why Him? | Full Movie

Why Him?
  • R
  • 1h 52m
  • 2016
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Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective dad, visits his daughter at Stanford where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops and Ned's panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns Laird is about to pop the question.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Solidly cast but overall misconceived, Why Him? offers the odd chuckle, but ultimately adds disappointingly little to its tired father-vs.-fianc? formula.
Entertainment Weekly
Darren Franich

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

June 25, 2017
Globe and Mail
Brad Wheeler

Uneven but funny enough ...

June 25, 2017
Detroit News
Adam Graham

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

June 25, 2017
Chicago Reader
Leah Pickett

For this puerile farce, director John Hamburg recycles a tired premise -- a straitlaced father dis...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Funny but formulaic comedy has lots of crude material.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bryan Cranston and James Franco star in Why Him?, a funny, if crass (and ultimately unoriginal), holiday-themed comedy about parenting, love, careers, and family. There's lots of swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more) and some nudity (mostly backsides), as well as frank conversations about libido, sex acts, and more. There's also plenty of brand-name dropping, as well as drinking, vaping,and marijuana use. That said, amid the over-the-top gags is the idea that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover and that open, honest communication is key to resolving family conflicts and misunderstandings. And, although it doesn't work out perfectly, the film does try to show an awareness of feminist values.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:December 23, 2016
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