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Author: Amanda Carnac
Our good friends at Fox were nice enough to invite HeyUGuys to a private screening of Why Him? – a comedy starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco. As a self-proclaimed, former Malcolm in the Middle addict, watching Bryan Cranston act in a Meet the Fockers style movie was not an invitation that that I was likely to ever turn down.
The film is a classic case of a doting father (Cranston) meeting his daughter’s boyfriend (Franco); a hipster, tech billionaire with zero self-awareness. Considering the scriptwriter also wrote Meet the Parents and the aforementioned sequel, I can’t help but wonder what traumatising experiences he must have had with his in-laws. He uses the same formula of parents meeting potential son-in-law and clashing to the complete extreme, however this time it’s the son-in-law who takes things way too far, and that seemed to be our ethos for the screening. »
- Amanda Carnac
Strait-laced parents meet their daughter’s hipster boyfriend in an enjoyable romp with whiplash comic timing
A writer on both Meet the Parents and its sequel, Meet the Fockers, director and co-writer John Hamburg is already well versed in the comic possibilities of that excruciating first encounter between potential in-laws and prospective son-in-law. Here he approaches the uproarious culture clash between the strait-laced Fleming family from Michigan and their daughter’s tattooed hipster tech billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco) with a relish that shows in a wealth of perceptive sight gags, and a whiplash comic timing that only flags at the end of the final act.
Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston), the well-loved boss of a printing company in Grand Rapids, is celebrating his 55th birthday when a Skype call from his Stanford student daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) reveals a little more about her life than he had bargained for. Specifically, »
- Wendy Ide
2 items from 2017
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