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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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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 USA:

$11,002,986, 25 December 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,269,575, 16 March 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,497,580, 16 March 2017
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Trivia

When driving to Laird's house, the Fleming family pass a sign saying "Palo Alto". James Franco (Laird) was born and raised in Palo Alto. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie the car is seen turning off the freeway onto "University Avenue, Palo Alto". The freeway is shown in a rural area. However, the Hwy 101 exits to University Avenue are unmistakably urban. The exit in the movie appears to be from Hwy 280, but University Avenue does not connect to Hwy 280 - the Hwy 280 exit to Palo Alto is Page Mill Road. See more »

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[repeated line]
Ned Fleming: Why *him*?
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References Peaky Blinders (2013) See more »

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Crazy Beautiful Life
Written and Performed by Thomas Hien & Scott Chesak
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Fantastic Franco.
1 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Why him? I tell you why, because I can't think of any other actor who can transform this this cinematic excrement into a gourmet dish. There is a matteroffactness in his character that lives somewhere between Rupert Pumpkin and Howard Hughes, the thing is that the life James Franco gives to his character is absolutely real. The film could have turned into a horror thriller, because Franco forces you, in the most entertaining way, to feel slightly off-balance. That alone keeps you glued to it in spite of the moronic lack of ideas. Bryan Cranston, of course, is sheer perfection. Reacting hilariously to the absurdity with infinite generosity - A trait of great actors - I wish them a Billy Wilder next time or a Preston Sturges or...you know. Fearless originals just like Franco and Cranston.


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