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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 millionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question.

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John Hamburg

Writers:

John Hamburg (screenplay by), Ian Helfer (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoey Deutch ... Stephanie Fleming
James Franco ... Laird Mayhew
Tangie Ambrose ... Patty Dunne
Cedric the Entertainer ... Lou Dunne
Bob Stephenson ... Jerry in Graphics
Bryan Cranston ... Ned Fleming
Megan Mullally ... Barb Fleming
Zack Pearlman ... Kevin Dingle
Griffin Gluck ... Scotty Fleming
Jee Young Han ... Marnie Dingle
Mary Pat Gleason ... Joyce
Juliette B. Reiss ... Applebee's Waiter
Melissa Graver ... Applebee's Waiter
Steffen Dziczek ... Applebee's Waiter
Jimmy Badstibner ... Fleming Company Employee
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Storyline

Over the holidays, Ned, 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 millionaire boyfriend, Laird. 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Cambodia

Language:

English | Khmer

Release Date:

23 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Por qué él? See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,002,986, 25 December 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,269,575, 16 March 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,497,580, 16 March 2017
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This script was originally entitled Aloha, with Ben Stiller in the father role and Jonah Hill as the boyfriend, and was set in Hawaii. After significant rewrites, it became Why Him. See more »

Goofs

When Ned is looking for toilet paper, Gustav tells him that Laird's house is "paperless," yet they previously served edible paper with dinner. See more »

Quotes

Laird Mayhew: [During a Facetime chat] It's been like three fucking days. My balls are so blue right now, like dark blue, uh-oh. Like almost black. No, I'm fucking serious! Here, check it out!
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene with Gustav after the first credits. See more »

Connections

References Why Me? (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My)
Written by Ammar Malik, Teddy Geiger and Matoma (as Tom Straete Lagergren)
Performed by Matoma
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Pleasantly surprised!
30 March 2017 | by fimoralesSee all my reviews

It might be prudent never to judge a book by its cover, but often enough, the author would give you a good idea what you're about to invest your time in. Bryan Cranston and James Franco doing a comedy together was enough to give me the necessary shove to press "Play" on this one.

I like comedies but finding a good one lately has been a challenge. Been disappointed many times with trailers that seem promising only to find out that those scenes are the best the entire movie has to offer. There have also recently been a bunch of comedies relying on the director's or the leads' reputation to carry the film to box office and critical success only to crash and burn upon release. This one is a rare exception. Congratulations to the team for getting it just right! James' Laird was a delicate balance. Annoying yet sweet, sometimes offensive but without being repulsive. Bryan's Ned fits the stereotype yet has been restrained enough to remain relatable. Even the cameo from Gene and Paul, though expected, came out fresh.

If you're looking for a fun movie, give this one a try. Be forewarned though of the liberal use of profanities.


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