Why Him?

Why Him?

Why Him?

A loving father (Bryan Cranston) cannot allow a happy-go-douchie millenial millionare (James Franco) to marry his daughter in this comedy. From the director of I Love You, Man.

Over the holidays, Ned (Cranston) and his family visit his daughter (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry and Ned’s panic level escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

2016Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language & sexual material111 minsUSA
Comedy
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Could have been the comedy of the year but blows itself apart with F-bombs and worse.

The holy grail of comedy is to make you laugh but there are many different types of laughter. It can range from a joyful belly laugh about the funny side of being human to a cringe laugh based on the psychology of shame and embarrassment. Joyful comedy makes us feel good while cringers lessen us. The sit-com Why Him (2016) goes hell-for-leather at extreme...

2.0
Vulture

Vulture

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The question in this movie's title gets a lot of use. A version of it could also apply to pretty much everyone involved, especially Cranston.

Variety

Variety

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It's bluntly cheeky, it goes on for too long, but the concept keeps on giving.

Time Out

Time Out

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The title isn't the only "why" question viewers should be asking themselves.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Proving definitively that slapping Mr. Franco's scenery-eating grin on any old drivel doesn't guarantee entertainment, "Why Him?" is trite, crass and insultingly moronic.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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A disposable bit of Yuletide fun.

3.0
New York Post

New York Post

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There is a passable 85-minute comedy in here, caked in an additional 30 minutes of flab. Call it a dad-bod comedy.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Almost nothing anyone does registers as recognisably human; it's all just a pretext for yet another round of envelope-pushing outrageousness.

FilmInk

FilmInk

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Why Him? is the best Judd Apatow movie that Judd Apatow had nothing to do with: it's sweet, raunchy, big-hearted, and very, very funny.

Vulture

Vulture

press

The question in this movie's title gets a lot of use. A version of it could also apply to pretty much everyone involved, especially Cranston.

Variety

Variety

press

It's bluntly cheeky, it goes on for too long, but the concept keeps on giving.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The title isn't the only "why" question viewers should be asking themselves.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Proving definitively that slapping Mr. Franco's scenery-eating grin on any old drivel doesn't guarantee entertainment, "Why Him?" is trite, crass and insultingly moronic.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A disposable bit of Yuletide fun.

3.0
New York Post

New York Post

press

There is a passable 85-minute comedy in here, caked in an additional 30 minutes of flab. Call it a dad-bod comedy.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Almost nothing anyone does registers as recognisably human; it's all just a pretext for yet another round of envelope-pushing outrageousness.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Why Him? is the best Judd Apatow movie that Judd Apatow had nothing to do with: it's sweet, raunchy, big-hearted, and very, very funny.

Could have been the comedy of the year but blows itself apart with F-bombs and worse.

The holy grail of comedy is to make you laugh but there are many different types of laughter. It can range from a joyful belly laugh about the funny side of being human to a cringe laugh based on the psychology of shame and embarrassment. Joyful comedy makes us feel good while cringers lessen us. The sit-com Why Him (2016) goes hell-for-leather at extreme...

2.0