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Plot: A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when Ned Fleming realizes that his daughter's Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question. Runtime: 111 mins Release Date: 23 Dec 2016
I really do not understand all the bad reviews this movie has been getting. If you can get past the superficial aspects of Laird's main character language and boisterous behaviors, comes a tale that revives the plot of 'Meet the Parents' in a modern tech-savvy way. Why Him 2016 is a fun mix of spontaneous humor, emotional dilemma, and the juxtaposition between old and young generations. Laird and Ned have entirely distinct personalities and different incentives. It is worthwhile to see them reconcile there differences after many intimate moments. Indeed this movie is raunchy <more>
and over-the-top at times; just don't bring somebody who has not been/does not want to be exposed to the themes of these no-filter style movies. Watch with a serious eye, as within this film are many pearls of wisdom and life lessons. Often we neglect simple colloquialism and this film expresses pieces of conventional wisdom in a very heartwarming way.Why it wasn't a smashing success? I feel this movie may entertain some preconceived notions due to its trailer and not deliver on those expectations - which I saw after the fact. The trailer seems to take all the flair of the movie and condense it into 2.5 minutes without the substance or context, somewhat misleading viewers as to what kind of a movie will be seen. This movie earned my view and the entire cast did an outstanding job.
Haters gonna hate a inters gonna ain't (by haring-hudson)
If you enjoy James Franco being James Franco you will love this movie. If you laughed at James Franco's pretentious art in this is the end, and his characters naivety in The Interview you will find more here. Listen this movie was never meant to win best picture or take itself seriously at all. Go into the theatre wanting to laugh and you will find plenty of reasons to. Zoey Deutch play her role with ease. Meghan Melanie is a blast. John Hamburg is again railed by the critics for no reason. He wrote Phillip Seymore Hoffman to hilarity in Along Came Polly, and he wrote Meet The Parents. <more>
This guy knows how to write comedies, and direct them.
Loved everything about this film - it's a must see! (by TheTopDawgCritic)
Yet another undeservingly underrated film! What's not to like about this?Perfectly cast, and I do mean perfectly! Zoey Deutch, James Franco played his character beyond perfect , Bryan Cranston a surprisingly great role for him , Cedric the Entertainer and primarily Keegan- Michael Key as Gustav... wow, did he nail his character! Every time he came on the screen, his crazy outfits, his facial expressions, and his antics are the reason this film made it to a 10/10 from me.The directing and writing by John Hamburg was cinematic comedy perfection. I've seen this film over 5 times with <more>
various family and friends and am craving to see it again.This is the best comedy of 2017 if not the best I've seen in a while. It's a must see and will certainly be part of my DVD collection!
Honestly, everyone who reviewed this movie must be very sad individuals. This movie obviously wasn't meant to be the best picture of the year, but it really had its own way of speaking to its viewers. The comedy wasn't what I thought it would be, but the overall emotion I felt from this movie was impeccable. It made me happy, it made me cringe, it made me laugh. This movie deserves no negative reviews, simply because it is what it is and if you don't appreciate that then don't bother leaving your negative opinion.
Laughs galore with a heart to match (by jtindahouse)
When I saw that Bryan Cranston had signed on to do a comedy film I knew it wouldn't just be any old movie. He's actually a brilliant comedic actor as anyone who is familiar with 'Malcolm in the Middle' will be fully aware of but his career has also advanced past that point and he can now pretty much pick and choose his roles as he likes. The other indicator that this was going to be a quality film was the attachment of writer/director John Hamburg. He has shown himself to be a sure sign of a great movie 'Little Fockers' probably being the one exception . Sometimes <more>
though, movies that you go into with the highest expectations turn out to be some of the worst. Fortunately that wasn't the case here, as 'Why Him?' is a very fine movie.There were actually a lot of similarities between this and 'Meet the Parents' also a Hamburg film , only with the roles reversed and the daughter's boyfriend being the crazy one. Quite a similar formula was followed and that makes perfect sense to me, because 'Meet the Parents' was a very enjoyable film. The 'R' certainly helped it a lot too. Movies with the freedom of that rating are just so much more enjoyable to watch. Nothing feels off limits and the actors seem so much more comfortable in their characters with no restrictions on them. This is particularly prevalent in actors who like to improvise, and you could tell that improvisation was heavily used in this film, especially from James Franco.What I love most about this film though is that while it is undoubtedly crass in nearly every scene, it also has a heart. While these characters might be mildly unrealistic, you can still relate to them and understand them as genuine people who actually mean well. Franco's performance is actually quite outstanding in this way. A lot of actors playing this role would probably come across quite unlikeable, but Franco never does. This could also be put down to excellent writing, but I give Franco equal credit.The other stand-out in a film that had zero weaknesses in terms of cast, they were all brilliant in their own way was Keegan-Michael Key. The man knows funny. I imagine he was also improvising heavily and that freedom really lets his performance flourish. He manages to make some lines funny that really had no business coming across that way. Also one moment on the dance floor had me in stitches. His facials are as impressive as his line delivery. A great addition to the film.I really enjoyed 'Why Him?'. The only flaw I could possibly find was a similar one again to 'Meet the Parents', where I found that lot of Cranston's actions which drive the story can come across a little unjustified and unnecessary, much the same as Ben Stiller's character in that movie. It's a minor problem though and something that is easy to get past. There is no shortage of laughs throughout and the film has a genuine heart, which is shown no better than in the final couple of scenes. A terrific effort from all involved.
I was able to see a preview in a pretty full cinema which gave a great atmosphere. The majority of the audience appeared to be enjoying this old fashioned knock about comedy. The laughs come mostly from the crazy situations the Cranston and Mullalley characters find themselves in and also from James Franco's awkwardness around his girlfriend's parents. Keegan-Michael Key also has his fair share of the gags most especially when he has to help out Cranston's character with an automatic toilet, this is one of the funniest but at the same time low-key scenes I have seen in many years. <more>
All of the performances are fabulous each one brings their own style of comedy to the film and young Griffin Gluck holds is own with his older co-stars. I have read reviews of people complaining that there's no depth to this film but I disagree it's about one character wishing to feel a part of a family while another wanting to remain relevant in their family and work life. I really enjoyed this film and left the cinema feeling good and intend see it again.
"Why Him?" is crudely hilarious and hilariously crude, mostly because of the film's perfect casting. (by dave-mcclain)
When is crude humor actually funny? Any answer to that question is highly subjective and there are probably as many ways to answer it as there are Movie Fans reading this review. For some, the answer would be simply "never", but for most, it seems to depend at least a little on age, gender and ethnicity, but mostly on personal experiences and outlook on life. In the opinion of this Movie Fan / film reviewer, comedic cinematic crudities are the best which offend the least. In other words, it's all about the context in which the humor is presented. Adult language, for example, <more>
isn't funny just because there's a lot of it, but the use and/or amount of it can be very funny if it's in service to a plot which calls for it – and in situations that are otherwise comical on their own. Adult humor such as R-rated language, personal insults, juvenile humor, sex jokes, outrageous sight gags, etc. is much funnier when it's good natured – as opposed to mean-spirited – especially when children or other vulnerable or minority populations are involved. All this is especially true for holiday comedies, which is why I can hate the "Bad Santa" movies, but still love films like 2011's "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" – and 2016's "Why Him?" R, 1:51 .The character asking this film's titular question is Ned Fleming Bryan Cranston , an old-fashioned owner of a struggling printing company and loving husband to similarly uptight Barb Megan Mullally , 15-year-old budding businessman Scotty Griffin Gluck and college student Stephanie Zoey Deutch . Stephanie has fallen in love with a somewhat older and very successful video game company CEO named Laird Mayhew James Franco . Laird is completely without guile, but, as the mother of "The Waterboy" 1998 described her son, "lacks the social skills". Laird isn't a nerd, but his father and mother were both lacking in the positive parental influences and Laird is now an adult without inhibitions – or a filter between what comes into his head and what comes out of his mouth. Think an even more free-spirited, cruder and much more intelligent version of most of Adam Sandler's movie characters from the mid-late 90s .After Stephanie's relationship with Laird is unexpectedly and hilariously exposed to her family, they fly from their home in Michigan to California in order to meet and spend Christmas with Steph's new beau. Let's just say that Laird makes quite a first impression. His estate manager, the European and vaguely Germanic Gustav Keegan-Michael Key , is only a little more socially astute than Laird and tries to advise his employer and friend on how to get on Ned's good side, noting, "You two don't speak the same language. You speak English, with resounding amounts of f---." Laird is able to win over Scotty and even Barb, but is very desperate to impress Ned, so he can get Ned's blessing to propose to Stephanie. Laird's millennial eccentric lifestyle, his impromptu self-defense training sessions with Gustav and his wild parties make winning Ned's approval even more challenging, but makes for a lot of fun for the audience."Why Him?" is crudely hilarious and hilariously crude, mostly because of the film's stellar cast. It's not just that this cast is experienced and talented which they are – in spades , but they are amazingly well-suited for their roles. Franco is pitch perfect playing what seems to be a more outlandish version of himself. Cranston and Mullally's TV sitcom cred make them ideal as the parents – and with excellent chemistry. Key is similarly comedically inspired, rising star Gluck is just the right amount of earnestly precocious and Deutch is a wonderful combination of smart, strong and sexy. There are also some great cameos – in person and via voice work, as is the case with Kaley Cuoco, playing herself, serving as the voice of Laird's practically sentient and seemingly omniscient and omnipresent household AI system. Think a smarter, humorous, sarcastic and conversant version of the ubiquitous Amazon Echo's Alexa. Of course, the script by John Hamburg and Ian Helfer give the actors plenty of jokes and funny situations to work with, while Hamburg's direction makes great use of his ensemble's chemistry and comedic talents including allowing for and encouraging plenty of improvisation and he keeps the film's pacing and the timing of its gags on point. Unfortunately, some of the jokes are more bizarre than humorous, there are a few unintentionally awkward moments and the amount of Laird's bizarre behavior that Stephanie tolerates feels unrealistic, but those are relatively minor issues. The basic question at this point is why see "Why Him?" The answer for those who aren't automatically offended by crude humor and who enjoy that type of comedy when it comes with heart and is actually funny, is Why Not? "A-"
Okay so this movie takes some time to get into. At first I cringed a lot at the humour and the completely unnecessary moment of showing the pubes , but as half an hour passed I started to laugh more and more. The rest of the audience was kind of the same, at first they were silent and some awkward giggles, but over time the movie became hilarious. Definitely not the best Comedy I have seen, but it's a good one. I liked it at least, and if you watch it at home with friends and possibly under the influence , this movie would be awesome.
totally surprised me (by andreasedmak)
thought it would be a cliché movie, turned out it totally wasn't. took me by surprise; turned out it made me laugh a couple of times. fun movie. 8,5 stars. if 0.5 stars was an option. hate the main character though.. pf i don't have much more to say about this movie. but i have to fill 5 lines.. succeeds blablabladiebla