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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

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

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Taglines:

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

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Many of the paintings in Laird's house were actually done by James Franco himself. He is acknowledged for them in the movie's closing credits. Franco is an avid painter and his artwork is featured in many of his films. Also see Trivia for This Is the End (2013). 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

Ned Fleming: Pardon my French, but fuck that noise!
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

I Was Made for Lovin' You
Written by Desmond Child, Vini Poncia and Paul Stanley
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of Kiss Catalog, Ltd.
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It might just be me, but I liked it.
26 December 2016 | by aciessiSee all my reviews

This was on my year-end list as well. It was buried somewhere down the list.. like it was nearly hanging off of it. Actually, it was in a separate list of "Films I may or may not see in December if reviews are really bad". Why Him? actually did get awful reviews. But for some reason, I wanted to take a chance on it. I felt something was there. For one, I am a Franco-file, and I love him in anything he's in. So I went and saw it.

I was pleasantly surprised. I laughed a lot. It's really just a goofy movie, and that's alright by me. Don't put too much thought going in. If your afraid of not laughing, even a little bit, leave that nonsense at the door, and enjoy the show. James Franco brings his A-game here, and is once again totally hysterical. Bryan Cranston has great comedic timing. Megan Mullally is a scene stealer. Kegan-Michael Key is bonkers. It's got Kaley Cuoco as an awesome version of Siri, the best of Silicon Valley, Adam Devine, a moose dipped in urine that explodes. Oh, and 1/2 of the band KISS in full costume and makeup. It's been a while since a comedy movie made a tribute to one of the greatest bands of the 70's. Role Models was the last one. You could say that it's shamelessly borrowing from Role Models, but in Role Models it felt forced and unnecessary. In Why Him? It fits in with the craziness.

This is a holiday, cornball comedy that doesn't suck.. as they tend to.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Khmer

Release Date:

23 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,002,986, 25 December 2016

Gross USA:

$60,323,786

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,102,725
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1.85 : 1
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