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 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.
What We Thought:
Why Him? is exactly what you expect it to be. If the trailers make you laugh, you might like it. If they don’t, you won’t.
It’s the typical comedy we’ve seen over and over again for the past 10 years. Wow an older person doesn’t understand technology and kids today, how original. That man with the tattoos who swears a lot isn’t good enough for my daughter!
Really, is this what comedy has come down to? Bryan Cranston’s character thinks someone is watching him when it’s just a voice. He doesn’t know what Bukake means and uses it wrong later in the film. There’s even a scene with an electronic toilet. How fresh and exciting.
I did laugh a few times at Keegan-Michael Key, but he always makes me laugh. Megan Mullally made me laugh a bit, but just not enough. Maybe I lost my sense of humor because the audience seemed to enjoy it.
I saw Why Him? like two weeks ago and I barely remember it. That should say something. It’s a completely throwaway comedy with some smirks and no originality. No thanks.
Cast & Crew:
- Zoey Deutch
- Bryan Cranston
- James Franco
- Megan Mullally
Recommended If You Like:
- Typical Comedies
- James Franco I guess