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Why Him? (2016)

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A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when Ned Fleming realizes that his daughter's Silicon Valley millionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question.

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Lou Dunne
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Kevin Dingle
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Joyce
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Storyline

Over the holidays, Ned, 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 millionaire boyfriend, Laird. The rivalry develops,and Ned's panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Of all the guys his daughter could have chosen...

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Rated R for strong language and sexual material throughout | See all certifications »

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23 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,002,986 (USA) (23 December 2016)

Gross:

$60,312,925 (USA) (17 March 2017)
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Trivia

The Christmas sweater that Lou Dunne wears at the end of the movie is the same sweater that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character wore in The Night Before (2015), a Christmas movie in which James Franco had a small role. See more »

Goofs

During the helicopter scene, Laird's star 'tattoos' have started to dry and crack. See more »

Quotes

Laird Mayhew: [During a Facetime chat] It's been like three fucking days. My balls are so blue right now, like dark blue, uh-oh. Like almost black. No, I'm fucking serious! Here, check it out!
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References Marco Polo (2014) See more »

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Devil's Sugar
Written by Michelle Gonzalez, Christian Olsson, Joakim Jarl (as Joakim Hasselquist Jarl), Pontus Winnberg, Patrik Berger and Jimmy Koitzsch
Performed by MishCatt
Courtesy of INGSOC
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The epitome of forced comedy
14 March 2017 | by (San Antonio) – See all my reviews

Why Him? is another entry into the "why these actors have to lower themselves?" category of comedies. The same tired setup with the repetitive jokes that lacks wit and fun. It is mind boggingly ludicrous that Bryan Cranston couldn't get something out of this movie.

Good: Megan Mullally is clearly trying her best here in the thankless wife role. Zoey Deutch is really cute so there's that.

Bad: It takes the situation to its extreme and it sucks the humor out of the movie. Overly exaggerated scenarios that never work accompanied by James Franco's overly stupid character does nothing to create a laugh. Bryan Cranston is relegated to having an open mouthed look of confusion on his face for the entire movie. The brother character could've been taken out of the movie and nothing would have changed that's how useless he is here. Keegan-Michael Key is wasted in a thankless role. The movie goes on and on that it had maybe three false endings that made it feel like it was going to be four hours long. They also try to add a feminist message of sorts that feels shoved in there when looking at the barrage of childish humor before then that it doesn't work. Insert tired fart and sex jokes and we have the perfect recipe for pain.

Overall, skip this. Cranston just puts on a confused look and gets a paycheck, Franco just curses and acts stupid, the rest of the actors here have nothing to do, and the jokes never hit. It tries to have a message, but it was too little too late.


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