Why Him?


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Why Him?
Release Date:
22nd December 2016
111 min
MPAA Rating:
John Hamburg
John Hamburg, Jonah Hill
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Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), 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 billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). 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.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 41%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 63%
IMDb Rating 6.5


Bob Stephenson as Jerry in Graphics
James Franco as Laird Mayhew
Tangie Ambrose as Patty Dunne
Zoey Deutch as Stephanie Fleming

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Zbigniew_Krycsiwiki 26th December, 2016

Why bother?

Routine, by-the-numbers tale of a man, repelled by his college-aged daughter's boyfriend, attempting to show her what a loser he is. It turns out, however, the boyfriend is an internet multimillionaire, and an obnoxious, loud, profanity-laden one, at that. There is nothing even remotely likable about his character, so it is easy to understand why Cranston doesn't like him. Zzzzz. Little, if anything, we've not seen before (except for the dead moose in a pool of urine, in one of the more disgusting moments) its talented cast carries the film, and its half dozen laughs, and ham-fisted product placement (Subway, Applebee's) The audience I saw this with had a few laughs, but also long, quite stretches in between, so I suppose I'm not the only one unimpressed with this one. Keenan's genuinely bizarre, guru character was more puzzling than funny, as were his sideburns, the oddest sideburns since Tony The Pimp, from Demons. While we're on the topic of puzzling things, why did we have to endure five minutes of Brian Cranston sitting on the toilet, try to figure how to use the bidet? Kiss' cameo at the end seemed surreal, like even they were unsure of why they were in the movie. Released at Christmastime, but barely a Christmas movie, although one of the funnier scenes involved searching for a Christmas tree.

Reviewed by PWNYCNY 25th December, 2016

Mayhew: a study in decadence.

This movie has some funny scenes but is not a good movie. The reason: the principal character is so obnoxious that story comes off as jarring. Mayhew, played by James Franco, is affable and eccentric but is pushy, controlling, tasteless and above all stupid. The movie asks the audience to believe that he is a billionaire. That's a stretch. Fleming, played by Bryan Cranston, has legitimate cause to be offended by Mayhew. Mayhew goes out his way to offend people. Mayhew is so abrasive, so lacking in finesse, that it is virtually impossible to believe that anyone would seriously want to be around him. Yet, Fleming's daughter finds Mayhew attractive, for reasons that are never explained. Hence the title of the movie. The problem is the running joke, that Fleming is really misjudging Mayhew, never develops. Mayhew is nasty throughout the movie. He deserves to be disliked. There is nothing endearing about him. He is a crass materialist who lacks the style of, let's say, a Gatsby or even a Tony Montana. He's goofy but there is nothing about him that's a buffoon. Cut through all the pseudo-street talk, Mayhew is just another decadent rich guy, and not a lovable one at that. The funny scenes all involve Fleming, not Mayhew. That Mayhew has lots of movie just reinforces the obnoxious nature of this character. In short, he is not funny. Bryan Cranston carries this movie. His performance saves this movie from immediate banishment to DVD land.

Reviewed by autisticreviewers 25th December, 2016

Autistic Reviewers Opinion Of This Movie.

His little girl has a boyfriend and now it's time to meet him. The problem is the father just doesn't seem to like him that much.... Honestly this movie was just a rip off of "Meet The Parents." Bryan Cranton even uses very similar facial expressions that Robert De Deniro used. That's not say that there's no laughs here. There would be 70% of jokes that fail and 30% of jokes that did work. So it's not all bad. It's just a silly, over the top, in the moment, holiday, blockbuster Meet The Parents fun. Most of the humor came from James Franco. Bryan Cranston doesn't seem to do comedies as well as his drama. Maybe wait until you see it on netflix. It's worth no more than $10.00. Some people may really hate this movie, and some may even love it, but the Autistic Reviewers thought it was decent. We wont see it again, but it wasn't horrible. We give this 5/10. 2/5 stars.

Reviewed by LnBK 24th December, 2016

I can't remember the last time I cringed so often

I usually (and quite easily) hand out 8, 9 or 10 stars to a film. In fact, the majority of movies I watch receive good-to-excellent scores from me. This one however, does not. The jokes often feel exaggerated and forced, and are embarrassingly childish with far too much profanity. I can't remember the last time I cringed so often. Sure, there was the occasional joke which received a giggle from just about everyone, but the majority of the humour was replied to with silence and head-shaking. It seriously felt like it was a movie thrown together quickly to make a decent enough trailer to lure an audience. So, don't fall for it. You've been warned. 3.4 / 10

Reviewed by Harun Karali 21st December, 2016

Old Script, New Title

Stephanie introduces her boyfriend Laird to her family, namely her overprotective father Ned(Cranston). Who is dismayed at his daughter as he tries to absorb the reality that Laird is a part of his life now. Stephanie is so blinded by love that she seems to overlook her boyfriends obnoxious behavior. There are some original jokes, Yet, this feels like an R-rated version of "Meet the Parents". Which, in my opinion is a better film in every way. Don't take my word for it, see it for yourself and decide. If you're going to remake a movie at least have the dignity to give it the same name. What's peculiar is, it's made by the same people that created "Meet the Parents". Which leads me to wonder, What were the writers thinking? More importantly, What was the studio that approved this film thinking? I'm usually open minded when it comes to comedies, even if it's raunchy. However that doesn't mean that I will overlook using recycled material and calling it a new brand.