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Why Him? (2016)

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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.

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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. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Of all the guys his daughter could have chosen...

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Rated R for strong language and sexual material throughout | See all certifications »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,002,986 (USA) (23 December 2016)

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$51,833,047 (USA) (12 January 2017)
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The bedroom scene between Megan Mullally and Bryan Cranston was not in the original script, but suggested by Mullally during rehearsals. See more »

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When Kevin and Ned are trying to hack into Laird's computer, Ned tries various passwords. Each time, the words he is typing appears on screen as text. In reality, for security reasons, all passwords appear on screen as a series of asterisks. See more »

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Ned Fleming: I mean, what in God's name is a double dicker?
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Why bother?
26 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


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