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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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23 December 2016 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

One of Laird's tattoos on his right arm is the Nordic Viking rune for 'creation'. On his left arm near his wrist is the Viking rune for 'youth'. See more »

Goofs

There's a scene where James Franco's character tries multiple times to start a gas powered chain saw. Brian Cranston picks up the saw and is able to start it with one pull. In reality, Franco's multiple attempts would have flooded the engine and it would have to sit for a while before it could be successfully started. See more »

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[repeated line]
Ned Fleming: Why *him*?
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Why Him?/Assassins Creed (2016) See more »

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Written by Thomas Hien & Scott Chesak
Performed by Thomas Hien & Scott Chesak
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Mayhew: a study in decadence.
25 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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 gag, that Fleming's pomposity is misplaced, is not plausible. 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. He's not even a smooth talker. He's goofy but not self-effacing. Cut through all the pseudo-street talk, bathroom humor and gratuitous use of profanities, and Mayhew is just another decadent rich guy, and not a lovable one at that. Still, the movie has funny moments, but that was because of Cranston who carries this movie. The funny scenes all involve Fleming, when he is being goofed on. The problem is that in this case the straight man is being goofed on by the comic character who comes off as being not only stupid but nasty. Cranston's performance saves this movie from immediate banishment to DVD land.


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